On September 1, 2020, the Canadian province of British Columbia invited 428 immigration candidates from the categories of Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC. About 11 invitations were also issued through the Entrepreneur Immigration category.

Those invited can now apply for a provincial nomination through the BC PNP. After successfully securing a nomination by the province, they can apply to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] for permanent residence in Canada.

The previous BC PNP draw was held on August 25, 2020.

BC PNP invitations sent on September 1, 2020

CategoryNo. of invitations issued
Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC428
Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category[Minimum score required: 126]6
Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot[Minimum score required: 128]Less than 5

Of the 428 invitations that went out to candidates under Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories, the minimum score required was –

CategoryMinimum Score
EEBC – Skilled Worker94
EEBC – International Graduate98
SI – Skilled Worker94
SI – International Graduate98
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled76

The number of invitations that go out to each of the individual streams under the Skills Immigration and Express Entry categories is generally not disclosed by the BC PNP.

Certain National Occupational Classification [NOC] codes were excluded from the latest BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC draw due to the “impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on BC businesses”.

31 NOC codes NOT included in the September 1 BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry draw –


BC PNP categories in the draw

Express Entry BC, also referred to as EEBC, is for those immigration candidates that have a valid profile in the federal government of Canada’s Express Entry system.

To receive an invitation by the BC PNP through the EEBC, an immigration candidate would have to be registered with the British Columbia’s Skills Immigration Registration System [SIRS] as well as the federal Express Entry system.

Skills Immigration, or SI, is for skilled as well as semi-skilled workers that are in occupations in high demand in British Columbia. SI candidates only have to be registered with the SIRS.

Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category: business managers or senior managers planning to invest in a business in the province of British Columbia. The candidates must also intend to actively managing their BC business on a day-to-day basis.

Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot: specifically designed for attracting new businesses to the regional and comparatively smaller communities in British Columbia.