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Posted on June 03 2020

Which are the 29 occupations under BC PNP's Tech Pilot?

By  Editor
Updated January 10 2024

British Columbia is the westernmost of the provinces in Canada. British Columbia, or BC as it is more commonly referred to, is bounded towards the north by Yukon and the Northwest Territories. While the province of Alberta lies to its east, the US states of Montana, Idaho and Washington lie to the south of the province. The Pacific Ocean surrounds BC to the west.

The province of British Columbia in Canada is one of the 9 provinces and 2 territories participating in the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP]. For addressing the high requirement for tech professionals in the province, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program [BC PNP] holds regular draws under its Tech Pilot.

The demand for talent in the tech sector in the province is increasing at a much higher rate as compared to the supply of the same. The tech sector in BC is considered to be a major driver of economic growth in the province. Tech employment in the province is at the highest level recorded so far.

The Tech Pilot of the BC PNP ensures that the technology sector in the province can attract as well as retain the required talent, both for its sustenance at present as well as growth in the future.

BC employers can address their talent requirements through the BC PNP Tech Pilot that provides a fast-tracked pathway to Canada immigration for international students and foreign workers that are in demand in the province.

Timeliness and prioritization are some of the key features of the Pilot. Along with weekly invitations being issued under the Tech Pilot, tech applications that are submitted get priority processing as well.

While the processing time for 80% of applications submitted to the BC PNP is 2 to 3 months from the receipt of the application, Tech Pilot applications are processed within a much shorter timeframe.

Demonstrated to be in high demand in the BC tech sector, 29 tech occupations make up the list of eligible occupations for the BC PNP Tech Pilot.

Initially, a labour market research conducted by the Vancouver Economic Commission and the BC Tech Association identified 32 tech occupations that were in high demand in the province. Nevertheless, based on the actual demand received from the BC tech sector employers during the first year of the Pilot, a decision was taken to go ahead with 29 of the original 32.

29 occupations eligible for the BC PNP Tech Pilot

National Occupational Classification [NOC] Code Job Title
0131 Telecommunication carriers managers
0213 Computer and information systems managers
0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
2131 Civil engineers
2132 Mechanical engineers
2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
2134 Chemical engineers
2147 Computer engineers [except software engineers and designers]
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
2172 Database analysts and data administrators
2173 Software engineers and designers
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175 Web designers and developers
2221 Biological technologists and technicians
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242 Electronic service technicians [household and business equipment]
2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2281 Computer network technicians
2282 User support technicians
2283 Information systems testing technicians
5121 Authors and writers
5122 Editors
5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5224 Broadcast technicians
5225 Audio and video recording technicians
5226 Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

Those applying under a Skills Immigration category in any of the above-mentioned 29 occupations must have a job offer of a minimum of 1 year in length, of which at least 120 days must be remaining at the time of applying to the BC PNP.

Do note that the BC PNP Tech Pilot is not any separate category or stream as such. Applicants are required to apply to the BC PNP under any of the existing categories while ensuring that they meet the general as well as category requirements.

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