The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (B.C. PNP) has recently updated its immigration strategy to focus on 25 construction-related occupations starting November 16, 2023. This list encompasses a range of trades vital to the construction industry, such as electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and welders, among others. On November 16, the province initiated a targeted invitation process for permanent residency, specifically for these roles, issuing 12 PR invitations.

This initiative aligns with British Columbia’s Homes for People plan, aimed at addressing the housing and infrastructure needs over the next five years. The program is selectively inviting professionals in specific trades who possess a recognized B.C. trades qualification, thereby ensuring immediate contribution to the local job market. Recognized qualifications include those certified by SkilledTradesBC or affiliated apprenticeships.

Newly Prioritized Construction Occupations for B.C. Immigration:

  1. Landscape and Horticulture Technicians and Specialists (22114)
  2. Sheet Metal Workers (72102)
  3. Boilermakers (72103)
  4. Structural Metal and Platework Fabricators and Fitters (72104)
  5. Ironworkers (72105)
  6. Welders and Related Machine Operators (72106)
  7. Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) (72200)
  8. Industrial Electricians (72201)
  9. Plumbers (72300)
  10. Steamfitters, Pipefitters, and Sprinkler System Installers (72301)
  11. Gas Fitters (72302)
  12. Carpenters (72310)
  13. Cabinetmakers (72311)
  14. Bricklayers (72320)
  15. Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (72400)
  16. Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics (72401)
  17. Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Mechanics (72402)
  18. Crane Operators (72500)
  19. Concrete Finishers (73100)
  20. Tilesetters (73101)
  21. Plasterers, Drywall Installers, and Finishers, and Lathers (73102)
  22. Roofers and Shinglers (73110)
  23. Glaziers (73111)
  24. Painters and Decorators (Except Interior Decorators) (73112)
  25. Floor Covering Installers (73113)

Previously, the B.C. PNP primarily invited candidates in early childhood education, technology, healthcare, veterinary, and animal health fields.

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