Aug 05, 2019 – British Columbia immigration has added 11 new communities to the Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot. The additions mean a total of 55 communities are now signed up to take part in the pilot British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program stream. BC Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot: New Communities Hope Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area A…

Aug 05, 2019 – British Columbia immigration has added 11 new communities to the Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot.

The additions mean a total of 55 communities are now signed up to take part in the pilot British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program stream.


BC Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot: New Communities

  1. Hope
  2. Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area A (Smithers Rural)
  3. Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area B (Burns Lake Rural)
  4. Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area C (Fort St. James Rural)
  5. Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area D (Fraser Lake Rural)
  6. Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area E (Francois/Ootsa Lake Rural)
  7. Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area F (Vanderhoof Rural)
  8. Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area G (Houston Rural)
  9. Northern Rockies Regional Municipality
  10. Osoyoos
  11. Sayward

The two-year pilot is designed to attract entrepreneurs to establish businesses in smaller communities with populations less than 75,000.

Such smaller communities are facing some of the more acute issues with aging populations and shrinking labour markets.

Investment and net worth requirements for the Regional Pilot are half of those stipulated for the main British Columbia Entrepreneur stream.

Under the Regional Pilot, candidates are required to invest $100,000, have a net worth of $300,000 and create one job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

The Regional Pilot is only for entrepreneurs wishing to start a new business. Those wishing to purchase an existing business should consider B.C.’s main Entrepreneur Immigration stream.


B.C. Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot

Important Features

1) Community Involvement

Participation communities are actively involved in attracting the foreign entrepreneur, and helping them settle after arrival.

2) BC PNP Referrals

Communities can refer foreign entrepreneurs to the BC PNP. The candidates must have visited the community and have a business proposal aligned with its economic priorities.

3) Community Concierge

Participating communities have access to the services of a dedicated BC PNP Community Concierge.

4) Invitations and Prioritization

Referred candidates register is a separate BC PNP pool. Monthly invitations are issued to the best scoring candidates. Those invited received priority processing.


Community Requirements

  • Population of less than 75,000.
  • Located beyond 30km from a municipality of more than 75,000 population.
  • Demonstrated capacity to support foreign entrepreneurs with network of settlement and business support agencies.
  • Immigration and pilot-specific training must be completed by community representatives.

Candidate Requirements

  • Desire to start a business and settle in a B.C. regional community.
  • Complete an exploratory visit.
  • Minimum of $100,000 in eligible business investments.
  • Minimum personal net worth of $300,000.
  • Minimum of 51 per cent ownership.
  • Minimum of one new job created.

Enrolled Communities By Development Region

New communities in bold

Cariboo

  • 100 Mile House
  • Mackenzie
  • McBride
  • Prince George
  • Quesnel
  • Williams Lake

Kootenay

  • Castlegar
  • Kimberley
  • Nelson
  • Regional District of Central Kootenay (Area J)
  • Rossland
  • Trail

Mainland/Southwest

  • Gibsons
  • Hope
  • Sechelt
  • Squamish
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District – Egmont and Pender Harbour (Area A)
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District – Halfmoon Bay (Area B)
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District – Roberts Creek (Area D)
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District – Elphinstone (Area E)
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District – West Howe Sound (Area F)

Nechako

  • Burns Lake
  • Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area A (Smithers Rural)
  • Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area B (Burns Lake Rural)
  • Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area C (Fort St. James Rural)
  • Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area D (Fraser Lake Rural)
  • Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area E (Francois/Ootsa Lake Rural)
  • Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area F (Vanderhoof Rural)
  • Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area G (Houston Rural)

North Coast

  • Terrace

Northeast

  • Tumbler Ridge
  • Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Thompson-Okanagan

  • Barriere
  • Clinton
  • Columbia-Shuswap Regional District – Sorrento and Electoral Area C
  • Columbia-Shuswap Regional District – Falkland and Electoral Area D
  • Columbia-Shuswap Regional District – Malakwa and Electoral Area E
  • Columbia-Shuswap Regional District – Scotch Creek and Electoral Area F
  • Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area I – Spences Bridge
  • Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area M – Nicola Valley North
  • Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area N – Nicola Valley South
  • Merritt
  • Osoyoos
  • Penticton
  • Salmon Arm
  • Vernon

Vancouver Island/Coast

  • Campbell River
  • Comox
  • Comox Valley Regional District – Baynes Sound – Denman/Hornby Island (Area A)
  • Comox Valley Regional District – Lazo North (Area B)
  • Comox Valley Regional District – Puntledge – Black Creek (Area C)
  • Courtenay
  • Port Alberni
  • Powell River
  • Sayward

Interested employers: Kindly contact us here to receive further information.

Interested candidates: Find out whether you qualify to Canada by completing our Get on-line evaluation. We will provide you with our evaluation within 1-2 business days.

About the author

Rashmi Lakkaraju

Rashmi is the founder and the lead practitioner at Cougar Immigration. She is a regulated and licensed member in good standing of the ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council). She is also an active member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC).