Changes in BC PNP introduced by British Columbia

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changes in BC PNP

British Columbia introduced major changes in BC PNP on November 16, 2022, the provincial government of British Columbia announced the most significant changes to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program’s (BC PNP) Skills Immigration stream. 


According to the amendments, the maximum points for human capital factors have been increased, and points for NOC skill level have been removed. In addition, the province expanded eligibility for the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) to any skilled occupation in the region and introduced more points for candidates working or studying outside the Metro Vancouver Regional District.


The province has completely revised its points-based scoring system for Skills Immigration, removing points for job skill level and adding points for language skills, education, and experience, which increase if they are outside Metro Vancouver, in addition to updating codes to be accurate with NOC 2021.


The highest salary required to get the most points has also increased by about 50%, from $100,000 to more than $145,000.


Further changes in BC PNP:

  • The addition of 35 new occupations to the BC PNP Tech stream under the new NOC 2021.
  • Professors and instructors at universities can now apply for the Skilled Worker stream.
  • Doctoral graduates and Ph.D. candidates in any subject of study are now included in the international post-graduate stream.
  • Any skilled occupation outside of Metro Vancouver is now eligible for the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP).


The entire scoring system’s structure has been changed, with the weighing balanced between economic and human capital criteria (which can each receive up to 120 points).

Work experience, education, and English or French language ability are subcategories for under human capital, each of which can earn up to 40 points.

Hourly wages can receive up to 55 points as a subcategory of under-economic, and areas in British Columbia can receive up to 25 points.


The Table explains the new points distribution:

FactorsScoring SectionsMax. Points
Human Capital Factors (120)Directly related work experience40
Human Capital Factors (120)Highest level of Education40
Human Capital Factors (120)Language Proficiency in English or French40
Economic Factors (80)Hourly Wage of the B.C. job Offer55
Economic Factors (80)Area Within B.C.25
Total Points Available200


Canadian Language Benchmark LevelPoints
Below 4 or no test submitted0
Language proficiency in both English and French10
Maximum Score Available40


The BC Job Offer’s Hourly Wage 

Maximum points: 55. Candidates receive a 55-point rating if their British Columbia job offer pays an hourly rate of $70 or higher.

This is equivalent to a $140,600 annual pay for a 40-hour work week.

For a job offer at $16 an hour or below, the points for hourly pay cascade to zero.

Before this, the highest points could be acquired for an hourly rate of $100,000. One of the largest improvements in the entire British Columbia revision is represented by this.


Workplace location in British Columbia:

The new scoring system enables applicants to score higher for a job offer outside the Metro Vancouver region in an effort to boost immigration to less populated areas.

Job offers in Metro Vancouver receive no points for this factor.

For positions offered in any one of Squamish, Abbotsford, Agassiz, Mission, or Chilliwack, five points are available.

If the employment offer is not in one of the lines with a freestanding, the points increase to 15.


If the candidate has at least one year of work experience outside Metro Vancouver or has graduated from a public B.C. postsecondary institution within the last three years outside the Metro Vancouver region, an additional 10 points are available in this category.


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