BC PNP Regular Streams

1 BC PNP Regular Streams Categories:


BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration stream has 3 categories:

EI - Base Category: intended for experienced entrepreneurs who intend to establish new businesses or take over and grow existing businesses in BC.

EI - 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 BC that strategically aligns with their core business.


2 Ineligible Businesses:

The following types of businesses are ineligible under the BC PNP:

  • 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 development/brokerage, insurance brokerage or business brokerage
  • 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 BC PNP or the Government of British Columbia into disrepute