Cariboo

100 Mile House
Mackenzie
Prince George
Quesnel
Williams Lake

 

Kootenay

Castlegar
Columbia Valley
Cranbrook
Kimberley
Nelson & Central Kootenay

(Areas E & F)
Rossland
Trail
West Boundary

(Area E)

Nechako

Bulkley-Nechako
Burns Lake

 

North Coast

Terrace

 

Northeast

Fort St. John

 

Thompson - Okanagan

Chase
Clinton
Penticton
Salmon Arm
Vernon

 

Vancouver Island/Coast

Campbell River
Comox
Mount Waddington
Port Alberni
Powell River

 

Application Process

Step 1: Make an exploratory visit to B.C.

We encourage senior executives representing the company to visit B.C. to explore and learn more about opportunities and the local business environment.

Step 2: Discuss your proposal

Before applying to the Strategic Projects category, the company must first contact the BC PNP to discuss the business proposal. 

Step 3: Register  

The company must register expressing the company’s interest to apply. As part of the registration, the company will be asked to provide the following:

• company details
• proposed investment in B.C.
​• proposed key staff qualifications
Please contact the BC PNP for further details on submitting a Strategic Projects registration.
There is a registration processing fee of $300.

Step 4: Invitation to apply

We will review the registration and determine if the foreign corporation is eligible to apply.

If invited to apply, the company must submit a full application within 90 days. The invitation to apply will expire after 90 days; the corporation may choose to submit a new registration. 

Step 5: Applying to the BC PNP
The company must submit all the required forms as a single complete application package including key staff forms and other supporting documentation. The application processing fee is $3,500 for the company and an additional $1,000 for each key staff proposed.

We will review the application for completeness. We may ask the foreign corporation clarifying questions and request additional documentation. As part of the application assessment process, each key staff member may be invited to attend an in-person interview at the BC PNP offices in Vancouver.

A decision will be made regarding the application and communicated to the company.

Step 6: Signing Performance Agreements
If the application is approved, the company’s designated signing authority signs a corporate Performance Agreement with the Province of B.C. Each approved key staff member will also be required to sign a Performance Agreement. 

Step 7: Work Permit & Arrival Report
We will issue a work permit support letter to each approved key staff member so they can apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for a work permit. This work permit support letter is valid for 90 days.

After signing their Performance Agreement, each key staff must arrive in B.C. with their valid work permit within 180 days (6 months) from the date of issuance of their work permit support letter.

Within 60 days (2 months) of arriving in B.C., each key staff must submit a completed arrival report form to the BC PNP.

Step 8: Business Establishment & Nomination
After fulfilling its obligations under the executed Performance Agreement, the foreign corporation must submit a final report to the BC PNP to demonstrate how the company has met the terms and conditions of the Performance Agreement. We will review the report, and may conduct site visits or interviews to verify information.

If we determine that the company has met the terms and conditions of the Performance Agreement, each key staff member who has satisfied the terms and conditions of his/her Performance Agreement will be nominated for permanent residence.

Step 9: Apply for Permanent Residence
Each key staff must submit their application for permanent residence to IRCC within 180 days from the date of nomination.

BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration (Entrepreneur Immigration) - Regional Pilot

 

The EI - Regional Pilot is designed for foreign entrepreneurs who are interested in starting a new business in a smaller community. If you want to settle in one that is not participating in the EI Regional Pilot, or purchase an existing business, you are not eligible for this category.

Before considering the EI Regional Pilot, become familiar with the program criteria and check your eligibility.

Talk to a consultant today

Talk to one of our team members today and get started on your short and long-term plans. Your Refinity consultant is ready to help by meeting with you one-on-one, face-to-face at our office.

Application Requirements

To qualify, you must:

• Establish an eligible new business aligned with the priorities of the referring community
• Show business and/or management experience
• Have a personal net worth of at least CAD$300,000
• Make an eligible personal investment of at least CAD$100,000 in the business
• Create at least one new full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
• Demonstrate a minimum language proficiency of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4
• Have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada
• Have been lawfully admitted in the country where you currently live

If you meet the criteria and have the experience that the community is seeking, you can connect directly with the designated community contact identified in the community’s profile page to learn more. 

Full list of participating communities by development region: