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British Columbia Immigration Ads New Communities to Entrepreneur Pilot

British Columbia immigration added 11 communities to figure in the Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot. After these additions, totally 55 communities have presently agreed, to sign up to join in the pilot stream, of British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program.  The New Communities are:

  1. Hope
  2. Bulkley-Nechako Regional District – Electoral Area under A (Smithers Rural)
  3. Bulkley-Nechako Regional District– Electoral Area under B (Burns Lake Rural)
  4. Bulkley-Nechako Regional District– Electoral Area under C (Fort St. James Rural)
  5. Bulkley-Nechako Regional District– Electoral Area under D (Fraser Lake Rural)
  6. Bulkley-Nechako Regional District– Electoral Area under E (Francois/Ootsa Lake Rural)
  7. Bulkley-Nechako Regional District– Electoral Area under F (Vanderhoof Rural)
  8. Bulkley-Nechako Regional District– Electoral Area under G (Houston Rural)
  9. Regional Municipality of Northern Rockies
  10. Osoyoos and finally
  11. Sayward

British Columbia Immigration Pilot

This is a two year pilot with the aim of attracting several promising entrepreneurs interested in establishing business concerns in small communities with a population that is less than 75,000. Small communities in many areas face acute issues of an aging population and dwindling labor markets. The Investment and net worth requirements for a Regional Pilot are 50 % of the stipulations in the main Entrepreneur stream of British Columbia.

British Columbia Immigration- requirement of candidates

In the Regional Pilot, the requirement of candidates is investing $100,000, having the net worth of $300,000 and creating a job for a citizen or permanent resident in Canada.

The Regional Pilot caters to the entrepreneurs intending starting a new business. The persons intending to purchase existing business establishments must consider main Entrepreneur Immigration stream of BC.

  • B.C. Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot
  • British Columbia Immigration - Important Features

1) Community Involvement

The communities that Participate must be actively involved in attracting the overseas entrepreneurs, and also help them in proper settlement after arrival.

2) BC PNP Referrals

Communities are empowered to refer overseas entrepreneurs to the BC PNP. The candidates must visit the community and put up the business proposal to meet the economic priorities.

3) Community Concierge

The communities that Participate must have access to the services of BC PNP Community Concierge.

4) Invitations and Prioritization

Referred candidates register is totally separate BC PNP pool. The top scoring candidates receive Monthly invitations. The invited persons get a priority in processing.

Community Requirements

  • A Population of less than 75,000
  • The Location has to be beyond 30km from a municipality having population of 75,000
  • Show the capacity of supporting overseas entrepreneurs with a fine network of settlement agencies and business support agencies
  • Immigration and pilot training has to be completed by representatives of the community.

Candidate Requirements

  • An intention to start a business and settle in a regional community of B.C
  • Completion of an exploratory visit
  • Investments of $100,000 in eligible business
  • A personal net worth of $300,000
  • Ownership of 51 per cent
  • Creating one new job

 List of Enrolled Communities by using the Development Region

 Cariboo

  • 100 Mile House
  • Mackenzie
  • McBride
  • Prince George
  • Quesnel
  • Williams Lake

Kootenay

  • Castlegar
  • Kimberley
  • Nelson
  • Regional District of Central Kootenay (Area J)
  • Rossland
  • Trail

Mainland/Southwest

  • Gibsons
  • Hope
  • Sechelt
  • Squamish
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District – Egmont and Pender Harbour (Area A)
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District – Halfmoon Bay (Area B)
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District – Roberts Creek (Area D)
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District – Elphinstone (Area E)
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District – West Howe Sound (Area F)

Nechako

  • Burns Lake
  • Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area A (Smithers Rural)
  • Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area B (Burns Lake Rural)
  • Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area C (Fort St. James Rural)
  • Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area D (Fraser Lake Rural)
  • Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area E (Francois/Ootsa Lake Rural)
  • Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area F (Vanderhoof Rural)
  • Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area G (Houston Rural)

North Coast

  • Terrace

Northeast

  • Tumbler Ridge
  • Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Thompson-Okanagan

  • Barriere
  • Clinton
  • Columbia-Shuswap Regional District – Sorrento and Electoral Area C
  • Columbia-Shuswap Regional District – Falkland and Electoral Area D
  • Columbia-Shuswap Regional District – Malakwa and Electoral Area E
  • Columbia-Shuswap Regional District – Scotch Creek and Electoral Area F
  • Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area I – Spences Bridge
  • Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area M – Nicola Valley North
  • Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area N – Nicola Valley South
  • Merritt
  • Osoyoos
  • Penticton
  • Salmon Arm
  • Vernon

Vancouver Island/Coast

  • Campbell River
  • Comox
  • Comox Valley Regional District – Baynes Sound – Denman/Hornby Island (Area A)
  • Comox Valley Regional District – Lazo North (Area B)
  • Comox Valley Regional District – Puntledge – Black Creek (Area C)
  • Courtenay
  • Port Alberni
  • Powell River
  • Sayward

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