BC PNP Tech Pilot

This is a pilot program that is part of BC PNP and is operated by the province of British Columbia. This program allows the candidates working in high-demand technical occupations to apply for provincial nomination with expedited processing through the British Columbia PNP.
The candidates successfully nominated through this program are issued a work permit support letter, which allows them to apply for a work permit (temporary). Furthermore, they are invited to submit an application for Canadian PR. It should be noted that this is not an immigration program. The eligible candidates who have registered their profile for one of the British Columbia PNP Skills Immigration programs and who also meet the requirements for this program may apply for it in order to receive accelerated application processing and other benefits.

Job Offer Requirements

This program has unique job offer requirements wherein the applicant must have a job offer for one of 29 selected in-demand occupations. The job offer doesn’t need to be indefinite, but must be for a period of at least 1 year. However, in case the applicant is already working for the employer in the position that is being offered, the applicant must have at least 120 days remaining in that position at the time of submission of their application.

Eligible Occupations

To be eligible for this program, the candidate must be registered for one of the BC Skills Immigration programs. In addition to the above, the candidate must also be working in one of 29 tech occupations identified as in-demand by the British Columbia PNP. Here is the list of 29 in-demand tech occupations.


NOC Code Job Title
0131 Telecommunication carriers managers
0213 Computer and information systems managers
0512 Managers - publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
2131 Civil engineers
2132 Mechanical engineers
2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
2134 Chemical engineers
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
2172 Database analysts and data administrators
2173 Software engineers and designers
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175 Web designers and developers
2221 Biological technologists and technicians
2241 Electrical and electronics engineers technologists and technicians
2242 Electronic service technicians (households and business equipment)
2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2281 Computer network technicians
2282 User support technicians
2283 Information systems testing technicians
5121 Authors and writers
5122 Editors
5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5224 Broadcast technicians
5225 Audio and video recording technicians
5226 Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting photography and the performing arts
5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
6221 Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade

Application Procedure

This program is aligned with British Columbia’s Skills Immigration programs and fits best with the BC Skilled Worker and BC International Graduate programs. To apply for this program, a foreign national must verify that they meet the National Occupation Classification (NOC) code requirements for one of the aforementioned (29) occupations. Once this is verified, the candidate may start the application process online by registering a profile with BC PNP.

Once registered, the applicant may follow the application procedure for their eligible program. In this program, the applicants get numerous advantages in the provincial nomination process, e.g., the rounds of invitations to apply are conducted weekly and their PNP applications are processed at an expedited rate. Furthermore, the employers have access to this program’s “concierge services” through which they can assist with the hiring process.