BC Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) - Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot Program
*Please note that we will only respond to applications received through the official intake process as detailed below.
Pilot Application Process
Shuswap Economic Development is currently accepting requests for BC PNP - Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot referrals via our online application process for the following Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) Electoral Areas:
*Applicants must base their application on one CSRD Electoral Area.
We have developed a FOUR-STAGE response plan, which includes assessment via:
- an online application
- a video conference call
- a mandatory site visit to our community
- review of a formal request for referral to the PNP program by the applicant
Approval at each step is required in order for the application to proceed.
Applicants must provide a plan to establish a new, eligible business in BC that aligns with one of the following economic development priorities:
Applications with business ideas outside of these three sectors will not be considered for the regional pilot, though they may be eligible under one of the other PNP Programs.
1: Review the program requirements and eligibility criteria
Before you apply, please visit the Province’s website for a detailed listing of the BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot requirements and eligibility criteria to ensure you qualify.
2: Learn more about doing business in the Shuswap Region:
We want to ensure our community will be a good fit for you, your business and your family. Applicants are encouraged to review the resources below to learn more about living and doing business in the Shuswap Region
- Shuswap Economic Development
- BC Stats
- Statistics Canada
- Shuswap Immigrant Services Society
- North Shuswap Chamber of Commerce
- South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce
3: Access free business planning tools to strengthen your application
4: Complete the online application
After completing Steps 1-3 noted above, complete the online application form to begin the process to be considered for a BC PNP referral.
Successful applicants will be invited to a STAGE 2: Skype call, which will determine eligibility for STAGE 3: a site visit. If eligibility at all three stages is confirmed, and the applicants proposed business concept aligns with community’s economic priorities, a formal referral will be made by Shuswap Economic Development to the PNP Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot.
Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis. Due to the high volume of applicants, we appreciate your patience at this time.