The B.C. technology sector is a major driver of economic growth in the province, with tech employment at its highest level ever recorded. The demand for talent in B.C.’s tech sector is increasing faster than the supply.
The priorities for the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology include establishing B.C. as a preferred location for new and emerging technologies, increasing the growth of domestic B.C. tech companies, and removing barriers to attracting skilled workers.
In support of these ministry priorities, a pilot under the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) works to ensure the technology sector can attract and retain the talent it needs to be sustained and to grow the sector further.
Why a BC PNP Tech Pilot?
A BC PNP Tech Pilot supports the attraction of skilled workers and to satisfy the demand for tech talent by expanding the province’s technology talent pool.
We want to develop and attract the highest quality local talent by introducing students to tech earlier, adjusting training and education in post-secondary institutions and creating work experience opportunities.
Not only do companies need access to local talent - beyond using the skills and talent of B.C. workers, companies need to be able to attract skilled workers from around the world. Tech entrepreneurs and skilled workers from other leading edge countries can have a catalytic effect on B.C.’s technology sector, leading to more jobs for British Columbians.
What does the BC PNP Tech Pilot look like?
BC PNP staff work with employers to address their talent needs by providing a fast-track, permanent immigration pathway for in-demand foreign workers and international students.
The BC PNP Tech Pilot features:
- A dedicated concierge service so tech employers understand the immigration process with timely and relevant information about the application process
- Weekly invitations for tech registrants to apply so employers have timely access to qualified individuals in the 32 key technology occupations
- Priority processing to meet the sector’s fast-paced demands so if you are working in the technology sector and you submit a complete application to the BC PNP, your file will be assigned the next business day to our dedicated technology sector-focused team
- Focused outreach and engagement with the technology sector and industry partners with tailored presentations, networking opportunities and one-on-one employer support
The BC PNP issues weekly invitations to qualified registrants who have valid job offers in the 32 key technology occupations.
The 2016 TechTalent BC Report identifies the 32 in-demand occupations, and qualified individuals in only those 32 occupations will be invited to apply on a weekly basis. These occupations are identified by their National Occupational Classification (NOC) code.
The complete list of the 32 in-demand occupations can be downloaded (Attached PDF, < 1MB). Applications may be impacted if the applicant’s job duties do not accurately reflect the NOC they have identified in their application.
The free registration process includes providing information about the applicant’s supporting B.C. employer. In order to be issued an invitation to apply, both the applicant and their employer must meet all program requirements at the time of registration.
Meeting program requirements does not guarantee that the applicant will be invited to apply.
Engagement and outreach
The Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology will continue to proactively support technology employers and industry stakeholders. BC PNP staff are available to deliver presentations, exhibit at immigration or newcomers trade shows, speak at conferences and events, and provide individualized services to employers.
If you are an employer in B.C.’s technology sector and have more questions, please contact Ayase International.
The Ayase International will give immigration advice or guidance, or provide applicants with detailed, case-specific support.
These BC PNP Tech Pilot services are in addition to the benefits that are available to all users of our program, such as:
- pathways that don’t require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
- work permit support letters for approved individuals that allow them to obtain or renew their current work permit and continue to work throughout the permanent residency process with the federal government
- client support services through email, phone and in-person
For more information
- Download our BC PNP Tech Pilot information sheet (PDF, <1MB) for a printable, high-level overview of the information.
- Read our BC PNP Tech Pilot FAQs document (PDF, <1MB) for specific answers to questions about the Tech Pilot.
- Refer to our BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide for information about our program criteria.
TECH PILOT: 32 Eligible Occupations for the BC PNP
NOC Job Title
- 0113 Purchasing managers
- 0131 Telecommunication carriers managers
- 0213 Computer and information systems managers
- 0512 Managers - publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
- 1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
- 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 engineering technologists and technicians
- 2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
- 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
- 2281 Computer network technicians
- 2282 User support technicians
- 2283 Information systems testing technicians
- 4163 Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
- 5121 Authors and writers
- 5122 Editors
- 5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
- 5224 Broadcast technicians
- 5225 Audio and video recording technicians
- 5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
- 5226 Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
- 5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
- 6221 Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade