BC Provincial Nominee Program

The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot (EI – Regional Pilot) is focused on attracting entrepreneurs from around the world to establish businesses in regional communities.

This will help meet the communities’ economic development needs and encourage investments outside urban areas.

Why an Entrepreneur Immigration - Regional Pilot?

As each community has the best knowledge of their local business environment, they are perfectly situated to identify economic development priorities and support services that give foreign entrepreneurs a good start in their journey to building successful businesses and growing the local economy.


Applicant criteria

Minimum Net Worth

CAD $300,000


3 year exp as business owner or 4 year as senior manager

Minimum Investment

CAD $100,000

Language Proficiency

Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 equivalent.

Entrepreneur Immigration

The criteria targets eligible entrepreneurs wishing to grow a business in a regional BC community (under populations of 75,000). Applicants must:

  • conduct an exploratory community visit;
  • have a minimum of $100,000 CAD in eligible business investments;
  • have a minimum personal net worth of $300,000;
  • have a minimum of 51% ownership in the business; and
  • create at least one new job in the local community.

As part of the exploratory visit, international entrepreneurs must 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.

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