Regional Pilot Focuses on Entrepreneur Immigration

Is your community interested in attracting new business entrepreneurs? The Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology has introduced the Entrepreneur Immigration-Regional Pilot under the BC Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

This pilot is expected to:

  • support regional communities in BC in achieving their economic development priorities;
  • attract investment to regional communities and create jobs for British Columbians; and
  • leverage local resources and expertise so immigrant entrepreneurs can successfully establish businesses in the community where they reside.

In order to be eligible to participate in the Pilot, communities must have a population of fewer than 75,000, and be more than 30 km away from a municipality of more than 75,000. A central pillar of the Pilot is the role of the community in identifying foreign entrepreneurs to the BC PNP. A foreign entrepreneur must receive a referral from a community in order to register under this Pilot.

Communities will have access to a BC PNP concierge service and training to support their activities and capacity.

The Immigration Programs Branch will be hosting an information session via webinar on Thursday, December 6, 2018.  Interested communities are asked to register in advance.

Further information is available at WelcomeBC.

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