British Columbia has issued 92 invitations in the latest provincial draw held on December 15, 2020. As this was a Tech Pilot draw, invitations issued by the BC Provincial Nominee Program [BC PNP] went to candidates with job offers in any of the 29 key occupations.
The previous BC PNP round of invitations was on December 8, 2020.
The BC PNP Tech Pilot offers an “expedited immigration pathway for people with tech skills applying to be permanent Canadian residents who will contribute to BC’s shared prosperity”.
Since its launch in May 2017, the Tech Pilot has supported more than 4,000 tech workers for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence through the BC PNP.
The Pilot ensures that the technology sector in the province can attract – as well as retain – the tech talent that it requires to sustain and grow the sector further.
The BC PNP Tech Pilot has been extended until June 2021, “to provide BC tech employers with the continued ability to recruit and retain international talent when local skilled workers are unavailable”.
British Columbia is expected to have 861,000 job openings between 2019 and 2029.
Overview of the December 15 BC PNP Tech Pilot
|EEBC – Skilled Worker||80|
|EEBC – International Graduate||80|
|SI – Skilled Worker||80|
|SI – International Graduate||80|
Note. The minimum score here is the score allotted on registration under the BC PNP’s Skills Immigration Registration System [SIRS].
For an Express Entry candidate, acquiring Canadian permanent residence through a PNP nomination involves a 2-step process –
 Securing a nomination with any of the provincial or territorial [PT] governments that are a part of the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] of Canada. There are almost 80 PNP ‘streams’ or immigration pathways available, many linked with the federal Express Entry System.
 Applying to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] for permanent residence. An individual cannot apply for permanent residence unless invited by IRCC to do the same. IRCC issues invitations in the Express Entry draws held on a regular basis.
|What is the difference between EEBC and SI?|
|Express Entry BC [EEBC]||Skills Immigration [SI]|
Note. – NOC: National Occupational Classification, FSWP: Federal Skilled Worker Program, FSTP: Federal Skilled Trades Program, CEC: Canadian Experience Class.
BC PNP – Skills Immigration and Express Entry draws in 2020 so far
|January 7, 2020||173||–|
|January 14, 2020||70||Tech Pilot draw|
|January 21, 2020||58||Tech Pilot draw|
|January 28, 2020||284||–|
|February 4, 2020||85||Tech Pilot draw|
|February 11, 2020||83||Tech Pilot draw|
|February 19, 2020||53||Tech Pilot draw|
|February 27, 2020||290||–|
|March 3, 2020||80||Tech Pilot draw|
|March 10, 2020||332||–|
|March 17, 2020||87||Tech Pilot draw|
|March 30, 2020||311||Certain occupations excluded.|
|April 7, 2020||147||Tech Pilot draw|
|April 16, 2020||271||Certain occupations excluded.|
|April 21, 2020||91||Tech Pilot draw|
|April 29, 2020||75||Tech Pilot draw|
|May 7, 2020||237||Certain occupations excluded.|
|May 12, 2020||92||Tech Pilot draw|
|May 19, 2020||170||Certain occupations excluded.|
|May 26, 2020||133||Tech Pilot draw|
|June 2, 2020||241||Certain occupations excluded.|
|June 9, 2020||87||Tech Pilot draw|
|June 16, 2020||276||Certain occupations excluded.|
|June 23, 2020||87||Tech Pilot draw|
|June 30, 2020||314||Certain occupations excluded.|
|July 7, 2020||57||Tech Pilot draw|
|July 14, 2020||320||Certain occupations excluded.|
|July 21, 2020||62||Tech Pilot draw|
|July 28, 2020||34||Tech Pilot draw|
|August 7, 2020||437||Certain occupations excluded.|
|August 11, 2020||52||Tech Pilot draw|
|August 18, 2020||302||Certain occupations excluded.|
|August 25, 2020||72||Tech Pilot draw|
|September 1, 2020||428||Certain occupations excluded.|
|September 8, 2020||67||Tech Pilot draw|
|September 15, 2020||407||Certain occupations excluded.|
|September 22, 2020||74||Tech Pilot draw|
|September 29, 2020||450||Certain occupations excluded.|
|October 6, 2020||72||Tech Pilot draw|
|October 13, 2020||417||Certain occupations excluded.|
|October 20, 2020||80||Tech Pilot draw|
|October 27, 2020||354||Certain occupations excluded.|
|November 3, 2020||76||Tech Pilot draw|
|November 10, 2020||358||Certain occupations excluded.|
|November 17, 2020||76||Tech Pilot draw|
|November 24, 2020||360||Certain occupations excluded.|
|December 1, 2020||68||Tech Pilot draw|
|December 8, 2020||256||Certain occupations excluded.|
|December 15, 2020||92||Tech Pilot draw|
|TOTAL invitations in 2020 so far – 9,022|
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