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The British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot Overview

  • The Entrepreneur Regional Pilot aims to attract motivated and experienced entrepreneurs to open a business in smaller communities of British Columbia and contribute to their specific labor needs.
  • It is initially a two-year pilot, with enrollment open in early 2019, and it targets only entrepreneurs wishing to start a new business

Requirements

  • Net worth of minimum $300,000.
  • Minimum of $100,000 in eligible business investments.
  • Minimum of 51% ownership in the new business.
  • Canadian Language Benchmark Level 4 In English or French in each of the four competencies: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  • Create at least one new full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Conduct an exploratory visit in the target community

Processing

  • Stage I - Conduct a Community Exploratory Visit to obtain a community referral, which is a requirement to register to the British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot.
  • Stage II - Provide a business plan to establish a new business in the participating B.C. community.
  • Stage III - Submit Registration to the BC PNP and Obtain a Registration Score
  • Stage IV - Submit a Full Application to the BC PNP.
  • Stage V - Establish Business and Nomination.
  • Stage VI - Application for Canadian Permanent Residence.

British Columbia Overview

  • British Columbia is Canada’s westernmost province, defined by the Pacific coastline and mountain ranges, and home of Canada’s third largest city, Vancouver. The province’s economy is diverse and relies on a strong natural resources sector, with a focus on forestry and mining.
  • British Columbia’s culture combines a unique mix of European, Asian, and First Nations influences, and its eight regions each provide dynamic and diverse features.