Tech Pilot BC PNP

The BC PNP introduced the Tech Pilot in 2017 to help B.C. tech employers address their talent needs. In May 2021, the BC PNP indefinitely extended the Tech Pilot under a new name: BC PNP Tech. BC tech employers continue to be able to recruit and retain international skilled talent with a path to permanent residence.

BC PNP Tech Features

BC PNP Tech key features are based on service, timeliness, prioritization, and engagement in response to the needs of the industry:

  • Service: A dedicated BC PNP concierge for tech employers provides tailored information and navigation assistance for immigration programs and processes.
  • Timeliness: Weekly invitations to apply are issued to qualified skilled tech workers, minimizing the wait for employers and their prospective employees.
  • Prioritization: Tech applications are prioritized during processing to meet the sector’s fast-paced demands.
  • Engagement: Continuous support is provided to tech sector employers through proactive engagement activities and participation at key industry events.
Eligible BC PNP Tech occupations

There are 29 occupations that are eligible for BC PNP Tech

NOC Occupation
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

BC PNP Tech process

Weekly invitations 

Your employee must first register to be considered for BC PNP Tech. The free registration process includes providing information about your company as the supporting B.C. employer.

Invitations are issued weekly to qualified registrants who have valid job offers in the 29 key technology occupations.

In order to be issued an invitation to apply, both you and your employee must meet all program requirements at the time of registration. Meeting program requirements does not guarantee that your employee will be invited to apply.

Priority processing

Priority is given to applications in the 29 key technology occupations. Once your employee submits a complete application, their file will be assigned within one business day to a dedicated processing team.

Processing times for 80% of BC PNP applications is 2-3 months from receipt. BC PNP Tech applications are typically processed in shorter timeframes.

Regional District of Employment
Stikine, Central Coast, Northern Rockies, Mount Waddington, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Powell River, Sunshine Coast, Kootenay-Boundary, Alberni- Clayoquot 10
Kitimat-Stikine, Bulkley-Nechako, Squamish-Lillooet, Strathcona, Columbia- Shuswap, East Kootenay 8
Peace River, Comox Valley, Cariboo, Central Kootenay 6
Okanagan-Similkameen, Cowichan Valley, North Okanagan, Fraser-Fort George 4
Thompson-Nicola, Nanaimo, Central Okanagan 2
Capital, Fraser Valley 2
Greater Vancouver 0
Maximum Score Available 10
Directly Related Work Experience in the Occupation of B.C. Job Offer
60+ months 15
48 to 59 months 12
36 to 47 months 9
24 to 35 months 6
12 months to 23 months 3
Less than 12 months 1
None 0
Additional points:
At least 1 year of directly related experience in Canada 10
Maximum Score Available 25
Master’s or Doctorate/PhD 17
Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma* 11
Bachelor’s Degree 11
Post-secondary Diploma/Certificate (Trades)** 11
Associate Degree 4
Post-secondary Diploma/Certificate (Non-trades) 2
Secondary School (High School) or Less 0
Additional points:
Post-secondary education completed in B.C. 8
Post-secondary education completed in Canada (outside of B.C.) 6
Educational Credential Assessment from a qualified supplier 4
Successfully completed the Industry Training Authority British Columbia (ITABC’s) challenge certification process 4
Maximum Score Available 25
Canadian Language Benchmark Level
10+ 30
9 26
8 22
7 18
6 14
5 10
4 6
Below 4 0
No test 0
Maximum Score Available 30

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