B.C. Reopens BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category


The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) Base category is now open to new registrations from experienced entrepreneurs.

The EI Base category was temporarily paused on July 19, 2021, to ensure it was aligned with government’s priorities and positioned to support economic recovery.

To support government strategic priorities, targeted invitations to apply may now be issued that are based on one or more factors, such as:

  • the business sector
  • proposed business location
  • community population
  • whether the business is a start-up or purchase of an existing business

B.C. has also made minor adjustments to the EI registration scoring system to re-balance points between human capital, or the skillset of an individual, and economic factors. This change ensures that selected entrepreneurs have a strong foundation for success.

Information about the EI Base reopening has been posted on the BC PNP News page.

The EI Base category program is a strategic priority and initiative of the BC PNP. EI categories enable B.C. to attract and select investment-ready entrepreneurs with business expertise and nominate them for permanent residence to live in B.C. and manage their own business. International entrepreneurs support the growth of B.C.’s economy and, together with their families, help to create diversity in urban and rural communities throughout the province.

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The BC PNP is an economic immigration program administered by the Government of British Columbia’s Immigration Programs Branch.
The program enables the province to select and nominate foreign workers, international students and entrepreneurs to help meet B.C.’s labour market needs, support government priorities, and help grow B.C.’s economy. If you are nominated, you and your family can apply to IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) to become a permanent resident of Canada.

B.C. is allocated a set number of nominations each year. Strategic priorities and initiatives help to ensure that the BC PNP is most effectively administered in a way that it remains aligned with the StrongerBC Economic Plan while maintaining program integrity and supporting qualified applicants for success.