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‚ÄčThe British Columbia (BC) PNP program is intended to support regional communities to attract entrepreneurs with a desire to start businesses, create jobs and settle in regional centers of British Columbia. The Program is set to begin in 2019. Communities must be located farther than 30 kilometres from a population centre of fewer than 75,000 people in order to be enrolled in the pilot.

The entrepreneur must conduct an exploratory visit to the community where they wish to set up their business, and must be granted a community referral before registering for the program.

Approved entrepreneurs will be issued a work permit to enable the entrepreneur to operate their business. The BC PNP will also issue a nomination certificate for permanent residence once it has been establish that the business has met all the Program requirements .

Eligibility factors:

The criteria targets entrepreneurs with a desire to start a business and settle in regional communities 

  • exploratory community visit
  • minimum of $100,000 in eligible business investments
  • minimum personal net worth of $300,000
  • minimum of 51% ownership
  • minimum of 1 new job created

As part of the exploratory visit, the foreign entrepreneur will present their business idea to the community’s designated contact person. The contact person will prepare a referral form for submission as part of the applicant’s BC PNP registration.

The Regional Pilot is intended for entrepreneurs who are starting a new business. Entrepreneurs wishing to purchase existing businesses are able to register/apply under the Entrepreneur Immigration category of the program.

Source BC PNP. 

To apply through a Business Immigration Program or Express Entry and any Canadian Immigration Program contact us at 647-556-1781 or 1-800-556-4581 or visit us at