In a move aimed at enhancing its tech, healthcare, and early childhood education sectors, British Columbia (BC) conducted a provincial nomination draw on July 5th. This significant draw resulted in invitations for permanent residency being extended to 137 applicants under the province’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
Here are the key points highlighted from the news about the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw:
- Targeted PNP Draw: The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw on July 5th was strategically targeted towards specific sectors: tech, healthcare, and early childhood education.
- 137 Invitations Issued: A total of 137 skilled workers and professionals were invited to apply for permanent residency in British Columbia.
- Diverse Streams: The draw covered individuals in the skilled worker and international graduate streams (including EEBC option), early childhood educators and assistants, and healthcare professionals.
- Score Requirements: The minimum scores for the draw varied with 90 for skilled workers and international graduates, while a minimum score of 60 for early childhood educators and healthcare professionals.
The draw was strategically targeted, focusing on the crucial sectors of tech, healthcare, and early childhood education. The selected individuals, 97 of which are in the skilled worker and international graduate streams (including EEBC option) with a minimum score of 90, will now contribute to British Columbia’s rapidly growing economy.
A further 23 spots were reserved specifically for the early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202) with a minimum score of 60. The province recognizes the importance of education, especially during formative years, and aims to bolster this sector with qualified professionals.
Moreover, 17 spots were dedicated to the healthcare sector, which has shown an increasing demand for skilled professionals, especially in the wake of the global pandemic.
“We’re elated to welcome these skilled individuals into our community,” a spokesperson from the BC government said. “British Columbia thrives on diversity, and we believe the targeted approach of this draw allows us to address the specific needs of our labor market while providing opportunities for immigrants to build fulfilling lives here.”
In addition to helping BC meet its labor market needs, this approach also demonstrates the government’s commitment to supporting government pilot projects and initiatives. The targeted invitations to apply to the Skills Immigration streams may be based on factors like education, language skills, occupation, duration and skill level of work experience, and intent to live, work, and settle in a specific region.
This latest draw serves as a beacon of hope for international workers and graduates eyeing opportunities in British Columbia. The province’s strategic approach towards immigration ensures a mutual benefit—enriching local industries with foreign talent and providing immigrants a chance to build a new life in a vibrant, inclusive community. With 137 dreams now closer to becoming a reality, the spotlight is now on the next draw, and who it brings to this dynamic province.