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British Columbia invites 87 in BC PNP Tech Pilot draw

British Columbia invites 87 in Tech Pilot draw

The province of British Columbia has held its latest round of invitations – under the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] of Canada – through the BC PNP.

On February 23, 2021, the BC PNP issued 87 invitations to apply [ITAs] for a nomination through BC for Canadian permanent residence.

As this was a Tech Pilot draw, the invitations to apply for a nomination by British Columbia were sent out to candidates in 29 key tech occupations.


The BC Provincial Nominee Program Tech Pilot offers a fast-tracked Canada immigration pathway for individuals with tech skills that are applying for Canada PR and can contribute to BC’s shared prosperity.

Since its launch in May 2017, the BC PNP Tech Pilot has supported over 4,200 tech workers to be nominated for Canadian permanent residence through British Columbia.

Following various extensions across the years, the BC PNP Tech Pilot has currently been extended until June 2021.

The Tech Pilot provides BC tech employers the “continued ability to recruit and retain” international talent wherever local skilled workers are not available.

For an individual to be considered by the BC PNP for an invitation through the Tech Pilot, their job offer must be –

Weekly invitations are issued to qualified registrants with valid job offers in any of the eligible tech occupations.

The invitations under the Tech Pilot are issued to candidates under the existing BC PNP categories of Express Entry BC [EEBC] and Skills Immigration [SI].

An Overview of the February 23 BC PNP Tech Draw

Total invitations issued: 87

Category Minimum Score
EEBC – Skilled Worker 75
EEBC – International Graduate 75
SI – Skilled Worker 75
SI – International Graduate 75

To apply for either the EEBC or the SI categories, an individual will have to first create their profile through the BC PNP’s online portal, registering under the Skills Immigration Registration System [SIRS].

A score – referred to as the SIRS score – is allotted after successful registration. This is the minimum score that is taken into consideration in the rounds of provincial invitations sent by British Columbia.

The minimum required score varies from draw to draw.

Aligned with the federal Express Entry system, a nomination through the BC PNP’s EEBC category will automatically get the individual 600 CRS points.

Hence, a provincial nomination through any of the Express Entry linked PNP ‘streams’ or immigration pathways is a guarantee of that individual being invited to apply for their Canadian permanent residence.

BC PNP draws in 2021


Total invitations issued so far: 1,395


·         Skills Immigration [SI]

·         Express Entry [EEBC]

·         Entrepreneur Immigration [EI]


Date Invitations issued Categories Details
January 5, 2021 168 SI and EEBC Certain occupations excluded.
January 12, 2021 80 SI and EEBC Tech Pilot draw
January 19, 2021 195 SI and EEBC Certain occupations excluded.
January 26, 2021 81 SI and EEBC Tech Pilot draw
February 2, 2021 208 SI and EEBC Certain occupations excluded.
February 2, 2021 8 EI Base Category
February 9, 2021 74 SI and EEBC Tech Pilot draw
February 16, 2021 35 SI and EEBC Invitations issued only to –

·         NOC 0621: Retail and wholesale trade managers, and

·         NOC 0631: Restaurant and food service managers.

[Note. – This draw was conducted separately.]

February 16, 2021 459 SI and EEBC Temporary suspension on 31 occupations lifted.

Effective February 16, 2021, the BC PNP resumed issuing ITAs to the 31 occupations previously excluded from draws.

February 23, 2021 87 SI and EEBC Tech Pilot draw

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