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British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration – Strategic Projects (BCESP)

British Columbia Entrepreneur Stream - Strategic Projects

  • P.N.P: Provincial Nominee Programs
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British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)

The Strategic Projects stream of the BC Provincial Nominee Program Entrepreneur Immigration is for foreign firms that have identified strategic investment possibilities in British Columbia and want to establish operations that are critical to their core business's growth and expansion.
This stream allows international firms to move important personnel with corporate knowledge and skills to British Columbia on a permanent basis. A foreign corporation may seek for provincial nomination in order to support the permanent residence of up to five (5) of its present senior executives. These workers will be in charge of the operation in British Columbia.

Strategic Projects is one of the three (3) Entrepreneur Immigration streams, which also include Base stream (➨Page) and the Regional Pilot (➨Page).

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The foreign corporation that is applying and its key staff members must meet the following requirements:

1- Company Eligibility

The foreign corporation must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Be well-established and in good financial standing
  • Demonstrate investment readiness and capacity for worldwide expansion into B.C.
  • Deliver considerable economic benefit to the province by making a high-value investment in B.C.

The foreign corporation is also required to:

  • Make a minimum equity investment of $500,000 in the company's operations in British Columbia
  • Establish a new business or purchase and expand an eligible business in B.C.
  • For each foreign key staff member suggested, at least three new full-time equivalent employment for Canadian citizens or permanent residents must be created (to a maximum of five key staff)

2- Key Staff Eligibility

Individuals must meet the following criteria to be considered key staff:

  • Be current senior employees of the foreign corporation with the qualifications and experience required to establish and operate the business in B.C.
  • Is being appointed to an executive or senior managerial position, or has specialized knowledge required for the proposed B.C. operation
  • Will be employed in a permanent full-time capacity at the B.C. operation
  • Is offered a wage commensurate with his/her expertise and consistent with industry and corporate compensation structures

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The following types of businesses are not eligible under the Strategic Projects of British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration:
  • An immigration-linked investment scheme
  • Any business where the terms of investment include a redemption option
  • Any business that may be a passive investment
  • Bed and breakfasts, hobby farms and home-based businesses
  • Payday loan, cheque cashing, money changing and cash machine businesses
  • Pawnbrokers
  • Tanning salons
  • DVD rental stores
  • Coin-operated laundries
  • Automated car wash operations
  • Scrap metal recycling
  • Businesses selling used goods (excluding businesses that provide value-added services such as repairs, refurbishing or recycling)
  • Real estate brokerage, insurance brokerage or business brokerage
  • Real estate development activities
  • Businesses involved in producing, distributing or selling pornography or sexually explicit products or services, or providing sexually oriented services
  • Any other type of business that by association would tend to bring the BCPNP or the Government of British Columbia into disrepute


If you meet all the requirements, the foreign company (senior executives) can start the process to apply under British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration – Strategic Projects stream.

Step 1: Exploratory Visit

It is encouraged that the senior company executives visit British Columbia to learn more about business possibilities and the local business environment.

To find out how you can travel to Canada for a temporary visit (➨Page).

Step 2: Discuss a Proposal

Before applying to the Strategic Projects stream, the company must first contact the BC PNP to discuss the business proposal.

Step 3: Register

The company must register expressing the company’s interest to apply. As part of the registration, the company will be asked to provide the following:
  • company details
  • proposed investment in B.C.
  • ​proposed key staff qualifications

Please contact the BC PNP for further details on submitting a Strategic Projects registration.

If the registration is approved, the company must submit a full application within 90 days. The invitation to apply will expire after 90 days; the corporation may choose to submit a new registration.

Step 4: Submit Application to BCPNP

All needed documents, including key staff forms and any supporting documentation, must be submitted as a single full application package.
Each essential staff member may be invited to an in-person interview at the BC PNP offices in Vancouver as part of the application assessment process.

The company's authorized signing authority executes a corporate Performance Agreement with the Province of British Columbia if the application is approved. A Performance Agreement will be required of each key staff member who has been approved.

BCPNP Application
Submit online application:
Official Program Guide:
BCPNP Application Fee:
Registration fee: $300
Applicant: $3,500
Each key staff: $1,000
Processing Time:
Not Available
Document Checklist:
Not Available
[email protected]

Step 5: Apply for Work permit

Upon receipt of company’s signed and dated Business Performance Agreement, BCPNP will issue each approved key staff members with temporary work permit support letter.  A work permit allows them to settle in British Columbia and operate your business. The work permit support letter is valid for 90 days.

Submission of applications for Work Permit can be done either online or on paper (➨Page).

Step 6: Business Establishment in British Columbia

If your application for a Work Permit is approved, you will be expected to arrive in British Columbia within six (6) months of receiving Approval Letter.
Key staff members must submit an arrival report to the BCPNP within 60 days of arriving in BC with a valid work permit.

Step 7: Request for Nomination

Following the completion of its obligations under the Performance Agreement, the foreign entity must submit a final report to the BC PNP demonstrating compliance with the Performance Agreement's terms and conditions. BC PNP will look over the report and, if necessary, perform site inspections or interviews to double-check the facts.
Each key staff member who has satisfied the terms and conditions of his or her Performance Agreement shall be recommended for permanent residency if it is determined that the company has met the terms and conditions of the Performance Agreement.

Step 8: Apply for Permanent Residence

If you are nominated by the Province of British Columbia, then your next step is to submit a complete application for a permanent resident visa within six (6) months (➨Page).

You must submit your application using the IRCC Permanent Residence Portal (PR Portal) (➨ 

If your application is complete, you will receive a letter or an email confirming that your file has been received and accepted for processing. This letter is called the Acknowledge of Receipt (AOR) and will include your IRCC file number.
Once you have received your acknowledgement of receipt, you can create an online account and link your application to it. By creating an account, you will be able to receive email updates and a more detailed case status.

Step 9: Landing in Canada

If your application is approved, you will be asked to pay your right of permanent residence fee if you haven't already done so. You will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) and if you are from a country that requires a visa you will also be issued a permanent resident visa.

You will only become a Permanent Resident of Canada when you cross a Canadian port of entry. This is referred to as ‘landing in Canada' (➨Page).

You must land in Canada before the expiry date, which appears on your Canada Immigration Visa. Usually, the expiry date is one (1) year from the time medical examinations were completed. As this is not always the case, be sure to verify the expiry date as soon as the Canada Immigration Visa is received.

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