Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category

This is one of the streams of PNP operated by the province of British Columbia. The British Columbia Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker (ELSS) stream prioritizes the nomination of immigrants with semi-skilled work experience in the province and have secured an offer of employment from an employer in British Columbia.

Candidates successfully nominated through this stream are invited to submit an official application for Canadian PR. This program offers special relaxed eligibility requirements for those with semi-skilled work experience in the Northeast Development Region of BC.

Program Requirements

Express Entry Profile

No

Connection to Province

Work Experience

Job Offer

Yes

Language Proficiency

CLB 4

Level of Education

No Minimum

Work Experience

Employed in British Columbia, 9 Months

Investment Requirement

None

Connection to British Columbia

To be eligible for this stream, the candidates must have been working in BC on a valid work permit for the last nine (9) months. The candidate must have been working full-time in an occupation on the ELSS In-Demand Occupation List or an occupation in the Northeast Development Region of BC.

Job Offer

Candidates must have a valid full-time job offer for indeterminate employment from a British Columbian employer. Furthermore, the wages for the position must be competitive as compared to average provincial wages for that particular occupation. The offer of employment must be for work at National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level C or D.
Please note that the BC PNP job offer need not be supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

Language Proficiency

The candidates must provide language test results proving English or French language proficiency at CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) level 4 or higher.

Work Experience

The candidate must have work experience of at least nine (9) months in the province of BC. It should be in one of the ELSS In-Demand Occupations. Any work experience at NOC Skill Level C or D (except live-in caregivers) in British Columbia’s Northeast Development Region will fulfil the requirement whether or not included in the ELSS list. Of course, the candidate must also have the qualifications required to perform the job in British Columbia.
Employer Requirements

In order to apply to most of the BC Skills Immigration programs, the applicant must have a valid job offer from an eligible BC employer. Furthermore, the employers must also meet certain requirements in order for their job offers to be considered valid under these programs.

Job Offer Requirements

The job offered by the employer must be full-time, of indeterminate position and offer a wage meeting industry standard. Also, the position must meet British Columbia’s minimum wage requirements as per the applicant’s annual wage, location of residence in British Columbia, and the number of dependent family members.

Business Requirements

The business must be established and in good standing in British Columbia with a history of good workplace and business practices. It must also meet minimum employee requirements:
Inside Vancouver: Must have at least 5 full-time employees.
Outside Vancouver: Must have at least 3 full-time employees.


Recruitment Requirements

The employer must demonstrate that significant efforts were made to recruit a Canadian to fulfil the offered position before offering it to a foreign national. It should be noted that employers are not required to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) under the BC PNP for their positions to be valid.


Application Procedure

This stream (BC British Columbia Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker) operates on the system of Expression of Interest (EOI). The candidates meeting the minimum stream requirements may register themselves using British Columbia’s online immigration portal. Upon submission of the profile, the candidates are assigned a score and ranked using the BC Skills Immigration Ranking System. The candidates ranking higher are invited to apply to the stream in one of the stream’s regular intakes.

The candidates have only 30 days to submit a completed application form the day they receive the invitation to apply. A fee of $700 CAD is charged per applicant. If approved, the candidate is issued a provincial nomination for PR from the province of British Columbia. If not already working for a BC employer, candidates also have an option to request a letter of support for a temporary work permit to let them start working in Canada while their application is in the process; however, this process requires a separate application to IRCC.
After receiving the provincial nomination, the applicant gets 6 months to submit an official application for PR. A paper-based application must be submitted by mail to the appropriate application centre in such a case. It must be noted that paper-based PNP applications generally get processed within 18 months.


British Columbia ELSS In-Demand Occupation List

Unless the candidates have worked in an occupation in the Northeast Development Region of BC, they must have at least 9 months of work experience in British Columbia C in one of these occupations.

NOC Code

Occupation

Occupations in Travel and Accommodation

6525

Hotel Front Desk Clerks

Tour and Recreational Guides and Casino Occupations

6531

Tour and Travel Guides

6532

Outdoor Sport and Recreational Guides

6533

Casino Occupations

Occupations in Food and Beverage Service

6511

Maitres d'hotel and Hosts/Hostesses

6512

Bartenders

6513

Food and Beverage Servers

6711

Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers, etc.

Cleaners (Employed Directly by Hotels/Resorts)

6731

Light Duty Cleaners

6732

Specialized Cleaners

6733

Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents

6721

Support Occupations in Accommodation, Travel and Facilities Set-Up Services

Other Service Occupations (Employed Directly by Hotels/Resorts)

6741

Dry Cleaning, Laundry and Related Occupations

6742

Other Service Support Occupations

Food Processing

9461

Process Control and Machine Operators, Food and Beverage Processing

9462

Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers and Related Workers

9463

Fish and Seafood Plant Workers

9465

Testers and Graders, Food, Beverage and Associated Products Processing

9617

Labour in Food, Beverage and Associated Products Processing

9618

Labourers in Fish and Seafood Processing

Long-Haul Truck Drivers

7511

Long-Haul Truck Driver

 

 

British Columbia Skills Immigration Ranking System

Factor

Maximum Points

 

Economic Factors (120)

Skill Level of the B.C. Job Offer

60

Wage of the B.C. Job Offer

50

Regional District of Employment

10

 

Human Capital Factors (80)

Directly Related Work Experience

25

Highest Level of Education

25

Language

30

Total Available Points

200

 

 

Skill Level of Job Offer

Skill Level of the B.C. Job Offer

Points

NOC Skill Level A (Including Skill Type 0)

25

NOC Skill Level B

10

NOC Skill Level C

5

NOC Skill Level D

5

Bonus Points:

 

Occupation is a “00” NOC

15

Occupation identified in the BC High Demand Occupations List in the BC Labour Market Outlook 2018 Edition

10

Currently working full-time in B.C. for the employer in the occupation identified in the BC PNP registration

10

Maximum Score Available

60

Annual Wage of Job Offer

Annual Wage of the B.C. Job Offer

Points

$100,000 and above

50

$97,500 to $99,999

38

$95,000 to $97,499

37

$92,500 to $94,999

36

$90,000 to $92,499

35

$87,500 to $89,999

34

$85,000 to $87,499

33

$82,500 to $84,999

32

$80,000 to $82,499

31

$77,500 to $79,999

30

$75,000 to $77,499

29

$72,500 to $74,999

28

$70,000 to $72,499

27

$67,500 to $69,999

26

$65,000 to $67,499

25

$62,500 to $64,999

24

$60,000 to $62,499

23

$57,500 to $59,999

22

$55,000 to $57,499

21

$52,500 to $54,999

20

$50,000 to $52,499

19

$47,500 to $49,999

18

$45,000 to $47,499

17

$42,500 to $44,999

16

$40,000 to $42,499

15

$38,750 to $39,999

14

$37,500 to $38,749

13

$36,250 to $37,499

12

$35,000 to $36,249

11

$33,750 to $34,999

10

$32,500 to $33,749

9

$31,250 to $32,499

8

$30,000 to $31,249

7

$28,750 to $29,999

6

$27,500 to $28,749

5

$27,500 to $28,749

4

$25,000 to $26,249

3

Less than $25,000

0

Maximum Score Available

50

 

Regional District of Employment

Regional District of Employment

Points

Stikine, Central Coast, Northern Rockies, Mount Waddington, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Powell River, Sunshine Coast, Kootenay-Boundary, Alberni-Clayoquot

10

Kitimat-Stikine, Bulkley-Nechako, Squamish-Lillooet, Strathcona, Columbia-Shuswap, East Kootenay

8

Peace River, Comox Valley, Cariboo, Central Kootenay

6

Okanagan-Similkameen, Cowichan Valley, North Okanagan, Fraser-Fort George

4

Thompson-Nicola, Nanaimo, Central Okanagan

2

Capital, Fraser Valley

2

Greater Vancouver

0

Maximum Score Available

10

 

 

Related Work Experience

Directly Related Work Experience in the Occupation of B.C. Job Offer

Points

60+ months

15

48 to 59 months

12

36 to 47 months

9

24 to 35 months

6

12 months to 23 months

3

Less than 12 months

1

None

0

Bonus Points:

 

At least 1 year of directly related experience in Canada

10

Maximum Score Available

25

 

 

Education

Master’s or Doctorate/PhD

17

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma*

11

Bachelor’s Degree

11

Post-secondary Diploma/Certificate (Trades)**

11

Associate Degree

4

Post-secondary Diploma/Certificate (Non-trades)

2

Secondary School (High School) or Less

0

Bonus Points:

 

Post-secondary education completed in B.C.

8

Post-secondary education completed in Canada (outside of B.C.)

6

Educational Credential Assessment from a qualified supplier

4

Successfully completed the Industry Training Authority British Columbia (ITABC’s) challenge certification process

4

Maximum Score Available

25

Language

Canadian Language Benchmark Level

Points

10+

30

9

26

8

22

7

18

6

14

5

10

4

6

Below 4

0

No Test

0

Maximum Score Available

30