British Columbia has introduced key changes to the BCPNP
British Columbia introduced key changes to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) Skills Immigration stream to meet the labour needs of the province which was on March 10, 2022.
With immediate effect, the province will prioritize healthcare workers and early childhood educators (ECEs) in order to increase support for the care economy. The new amendments will allow healthcare and dental assistants to be classified as entry-level and semi-skilled employees.
Also, the province replaced the Health Care Professional category with the Health Authority category, which is now open to any occupation employed by a health authority. However, management occupations will not be eligible under the International Graduates category and will only be admitted under the Skilled Worker category.
Two years of skilled experience will make applicants eligible for the Skilled Worker category, which before required two years of directly related experience. The BCPNP is an economic immigration program administered by the Immigration Programs Branch of the government of British Columbia.
The program allows the province to select and nominate foreign workers, international students and entrepreneurs to help meet B.C.’s labour market needs, support government priorities, and help grow B.C.’s economy.