British Columbia Extends Tech Pilot Program until June 2019

British Columbia Extends Tech Pilot Program until June 2019

British Columbia Extends Tech Pilot Program until June 2019

British Columbia Extends Tech Pilot Program until June 2019

British Columbia Extends Tech Pilot Program until June 2019

Requirements, in-demand occupations list modified

A modified version of British Columbia’s Tech Pilot will continue for another year.

Introduced last August, the Tech Pilot is designed to help British Columbia’s booming tech sector attract foreign talent in 32 in-demand occupations through weekly draws from the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)’s pool of immigration candidates.

In an update issued June 26, 2018, the BC PNP announced that it was extending the pilot until June 2019 and reducing both the number of in-demand occupations from 32 to 29 as well as the duration of its required job offer, from a permanent full-time offer to a full-time offer of at least one year (365 days).

The BC PNP said this last change was “based on feedback from tech companies, such as those in the animation and digital effects sectors, where job offers are often awarded on a project-to-project basis, for a specific duration of time.”

The removal of three occupations from the list of in-demand occupations was also based on feedback from tech sector employers and reflects actual demand, the BC PNP said.

The three positions that were removed are:

NOC 0113 — Purchasing Managers

NOC 1123 — Professional Occupations in Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

NOC 4163 — Business Development Officers and Marketing Research and Consultants

While no end date was attached to the Tech Pilot when it was introduced, the BC PNP said extending it to June 2019 “will provide employers with a degree of stability that will allow them to plan for their future staffing needs.”

How it works

The BC PNP will issue invitations on a weekly basis to qualified registrants who have a valid job offer in one of the 32 eligible occupations.

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 his or her employer must meet all program requirements at the time of registration. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee that the applicant will be invited to apply.

The BC PNP will continue to invite non-tech candidates through its other immigration initiatives. To learn more about immigrating to BC, see our complete BC PNP section.

The BC PNP supports employers to attract and retain needed talent by providing an expedited immigration pathway for internationally trained workers who have the critical skills, experience and qualifications needed by B.C. employers, as well as international students who have completed their education in BC or elsewhere in Canada and have the critical skills required for BC’s technology sector.

Applicants need a full-time, indeterminate job offer from an eligible employer in BC. The BC PNP offers different categories for individuals under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), depending on their job, work experience, and level of education.

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