British Columbia extends its PNP Tech Pilot Program for one year

June 27, 2018
The details

British Columbia Province has extended its Provincial Nominee Program Tech Pilot Program for one year. The aim is to help make it smooth for innovation and technology companies in recruiting top international talents.

Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, said that the tech industry is growing at a rapid pace. Presently, many tech companies need the services of skilled workers for the progress of their business and also to help in the growth of the economy. In case the local skilled workers are not available, the changes in the PNP will be of great help to tech companies in recruiting and retaining the global talent.

British Columbia extends its PNP Tech Pilot Program for one year

Reducing the requirement

Moreover, the tech pilot program has a change. It has reduced the requirement of the permanent full-time job offer, and now a one-year full-time job offer, is enough to seek permanent residency. These changes correspond to the feedback of companies, engaged in the animation and digital effects sector.  Here a job offers is made on a project wise basis, for a specific duration.

Rick Glumac, Parliamentary Secretary for Technology says that the Tech companies thrive in the province. Moreover, for achieving the continuous growth, they need easy access to the best local talent as well as from abroad. When there are job offers having shifting lengths the tech companies are able to meet their business needs. They can hire staff according to, requirements and also attract the cream of global talent.

Priority to local workers  

The Province always gives priority to first hire local workers  to fill up the diverse job opportunities of the growing economy. Furthermore, the demand for top talent in the tech sector is witnessing an increase at a fast pace compared to the supply.  The PNP Tech Pilot addresses this issue.

The pilot stands extended until June 2019. It also provides a tailored immigration pathway to the foreign tech workers who apply to become permanent residents through PNP of B.C.

There are a few tech occupations having a high demand, like the Computer Programmers, Software Engineers and Media Developers. These will get a priority in maintaining quick processing. Additionally, the aim is to provide and topmost service to the applicants and employers. Successful candidates receive the nomination of B.C. to the federal government and can seek permanent residency.


The PNP tech pilot provides help to employees to navigate the immigration process, and gives constancy to the future staffing needs. When the employees apply for one-year contracts, many tech and animation companies depending on short-term projects will find and retain enough workers to attain success in the market. Accessing skilled labour is a major challenge for tech companies. The PNP tech pilot provides top talent to create an exciting project. It also helps in the growth of a competitive industry.

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