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New Changes To BC PNP And A Look Back At 2022 Draws

Last Updated On 6 January 2023, 12:21 PM EST (Toronto Time)


British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has seen significant changes in the later part of 2022. From implementing the new TEER system to changes in the eligibility for BC PNP skilled immigration as well as new points calculating matrix. 

This article focuses on the summary of changes to the BC PNP to help you prepare for the upcoming draws in 2023. This article covers the following changes: 

New changes to the BC PNP skills immigration scoring matrix and eligibility

The province of British Columbia made significant changes to the B.C. Provincial Nominee Program’s (BC PNP) Skills Immigration on November 16, 2022

These changes include updating the Skills Immigration registration scoring system to increase immigration to areas other than the Metro Vancouver Regional District. Below are the highlights of the changes. 

People who have worked or studied outside the Metro Vancouver Regional District may be eligible for extra points if they have a valid job offer in that region.

The province has also expanded the eligibility for the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) to include job offers from regional companies in British Columbia in any skilled occupation.

Furthermore, eligibility for the International Post Graduate stream for doctoral-level programs has been broadened to include any field of study.

Additionally, professors and postdoctoral fellows on fixed-term or limited-term contracts at British Columbia universities can now apply for the Skilled Worker stream.

The changes to the standards for international postgraduates, professors, and postdoctoral fellows are intended to attract more innovators and experts who can contribute their extensive knowledge to the province.

Moreover, the number of points available for human capital factors, including education, work experience, and language proficiency, has increased. However, the NOC skill level points have been removed. 

Other changes include modification to the scoring system and overall points distribution. You can read the full changes in scoring matrix in our extensive article on new scoring matrix here! 👇

Summary of BC PNP Draws during 2022 and generally targeted NOCs 

BC PNP draws are usually held every week alternating with general draw and targeted draw. Targeted draws specify whether they considered only the Tech occupations or Healthcare occupations or both.

General draws include all the occupations including Tech occupations. You can participate in BC PNP either by applying directly for Skills Immigration Stream or through British Columbia Express Entry Stream.

There were around 41 BC PNP Draws announced in 2022. Overall, approximately 7,854 provincial nomination invites were sent by British Columbia in these draws.

Click here to check your eligibility for different BC PNP streams.

Click here to download all the BC PNP Draws from 2022.

Below listed are tech occupations and healthcare occupations with new NOC codes that are invited exclusively in targeted draws with low cut off scores as compared to general draw.

BC PNP Tech Occupations 

  • 10030 Telecommunication carriers managers
  • 20012 Computer and information systems managers
  • 21100 Physicists and astronomers
  • 21210 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
  • 21211 Data scientists
  • 21220 Cybersecurity specialists
  • 21221 Business systems specialists
  • 21222 Information systems specialists
  • 21223 Database analysts and data administrators
  • 21230 Computer systems developers and programmers
  • 21231 Software engineers and designers
  • 21232 Software developers and programmers
  • 21233 Web designers
  • 21234 Web developers and programmers
  • 21300 Civil engineers
  • 21301 Mechanical engineers
  • 21310 Electrical and electronics engineers
  • 21311 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  • 21320 Chemical engineers
  • 21399 Other professional engineers
  • 22110 Biological technologists and technicians
  • 22220 Computer network and web technicians
  • 22221 User support technicians
  • 22222 Information systems testing technicians
  • 22310 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • 50011 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
  • 22312 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • 51111 Authors and writers (except technical)
  • 51112 Technical writers
  • 51120 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
  • 52119 Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
  • 52112 Broadcast technicians
  • 52113 Audio and video recording technicians
  • 52120 Graphic designers and illustrators
  • 53111 Motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and performing arts assistants and operators

Healthcare occupations generally invited in targeted BC PNP draws 

  • 30010 Managers in health care
  • 31300 Nursing coordinators and supervisors
  • 31301 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • 31102 General practitioners and family physicians
  • 31110 Dentists
  • 31201 Chiropractors
  • 31120 Pharmacists
  • 31121 Dietitians and nutritionists
  • 31112 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • 31203 Occupational therapists
  • 32120 Medical laboratory technologists
  • 32103 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • 32121 Medical radiation technologists
  • 32122 Medical sonographers
  • 32123 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists
  • 32110 Denturists
  • 32111 Dental hygienists and dental therapists
  • 32101 Licensed practical nurses
  • 32102 Paramedical occupations
  • 41300 Social workers
  • 42201 Social and community service workers
  • 31100 Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
  • 31101 Specialists in surgery
  • 31302 Nurse practitioners
  • 31303 Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
  • 32103 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • 31209 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
  • 31202 Physiotherapists
  • 31204 Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
  • 32120 Medical laboratory technologists
  • 32129 Other medical technologists and technicians
  • 32112 Dental technologists and technicians
  • 32200 Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
  • 32109 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
  • 33100 Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
  • 31200 Psychologists
  • 41301 Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
  • 33102 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (only health care assistants / health care aides are eligible under NOC 33102).

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