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
Telecommunication carriers managers
Computer and information systems managers
Managers- publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
Electrical and electronics engineers
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
Information systems analysts and consultants
Database analysts and data administrators
Software engineers and designers
Computer programmers and interactive media developers
Web designers and developers
Biological technologists and technicians
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
Computer network technicians
User support technicians
Information systems testing technicians
Authors and writers
Translators, terminologists and interpreters
Audio and video recording technicians
Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
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 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
Kitimat-Stikine, Bulkley-Nechako, Squamish-Lillooet, Strathcona, Columbia- Shuswap, East Kootenay
Peace River, Comox Valley, Cariboo, Central Kootenay
Okanagan-Similkameen, Cowichan Valley, North Okanagan, Fraser-Fort George
Thompson-Nicola, Nanaimo, Central Okanagan
Capital, Fraser Valley
Maximum Score Available
Directly Related Work Experience in the Occupation of B.C. Job Offer
48 to 59 months
36 to 47 months
24 to 35 months
12 months to 23 months
Less than 12 months
At least 1 year of directly related experience in Canada
Maximum Score Available
Master’s or Doctorate/PhD
Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma*
Post-secondary Diploma/Certificate (Trades)**
Post-secondary Diploma/Certificate (Non-trades)
Secondary School (High School) or Less
Post-secondary education completed in B.C.
Post-secondary education completed in Canada (outside of B.C.)
Educational Credential Assessment from a qualified supplier
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