British Columbia – Entrepreneur Stream

Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category

Intended for experienced entrepreneurs who intend to establish new businesses or take over and grow existing businesses in B.C.

Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot

Working with regional communities, this pilot is intended to attract entrepreneurs to participating regional communities to establish new businesses that align with the communities’ economic development priorities.

Strategic Projects

For foreign corporations that intend to establish a subsidiary or branch office in B.C. that strategically aligns with their core business.

Application Process


Preparation & Research

In order to apply to the EI – Base Category, you must first determine your eligibility based on the category requirements. You are encouraged to conduct an exploratory visit to British Columbia to learn about business opportunities, the local market, and the best community for you to establish your business.


Registration to the BC PNP

Create a profile and submit an online registration to the BC PNP. The registration includes details about your work and/or business experience, education, language ability, your net worth, and information about your proposed business in British Columbia. After your registration is scored, the BC PNP will invite the highest-scoring registrants to submit full applications to the BC PNP. Registrations are typically scored within six weeks. If invited to apply, you will then have four months from the date of your invitation to submit your application.


Application to the BC PNP

Submit a complete application to the BC PNP. You may be invited to attend an in-person interview in Vancouver, B.C. to discuss details of your application. If your application is approved, you must sign a performance agreement that outlines all of the requirements you must meet in order to be nominated. Applications are typically assessed within four months. If your application is approved, the BC PNP will issue you a letter of confirmation (i.e. a work permit support letter) so you may apply for a work permit to IRCC and come to B.C. to implement your business plan.


Business Establishment (Work Permit) Period

After obtaining a work permit, you can begin to implement your business plan, make your investments, and create jobs. Your spouse or common-law partner may apply for an open work permit.



After you meet the terms and conditions of your performance agreement, you must submit a Final Report to the BC PNP. If the BC PNP determines you have met the terms and conditions of your performance agreement, you will be nominated for permanent residence. Final Reports are typically assessed within four months.


Application for Permanent Residence

You, including your spouse or common-law partner and dependent children (if applicable), may then apply to IRCC to become permanent residents of Canada under the Provincial Nominee class

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