British Columbia is focusing on inviting more skilled workers this year so that the post-pandemic recovery is swift.
On February 16, 2021, British Columbia organized two draws under the Provincial Nominee Program. The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program or BC PNP wants to fill the labor gaps in the province. Its main objective is to attract international workers working in relevant industries who will be able willing to settle down and become permanent residents.
Details of the draw
A total of 459 candidates belonging to the Express Entry British Columbia or EEBC and Skills Immigration SI streams received invitations. The EEBC stream is linked to the federal Express Entry system. Candidates are ranked on the basis of age, professional experience, education and language proficiency.
The minimum required scores started from 84 points up till 104 points. The Skilled Worker, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories were targeted specifically. Candidates working as managers in retail, restaurants, wholesale trade and food services were also invited in this draw. They received 35 invitations. This is because both these professions are popular under the BC PNP Skills Immigration System.
With this draw, the province has now completed nine draws. British Columbia is set to target occupations in hospitality, retail and tourism in future draws.
The people who were invited in this draw will now be able to submit their application for a provincial nomination within the next 30 days. A provincial nomination can be highly beneficial for candidates because they are awarded an extra 600 points. As a result, they are almost guaranteed to receive a permanent residence invitation in a future draw.