On March 31, 2015, Government implemented a 90-day pause, from April 1, 2015 to July 1, 2015, on new applications to most categories of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).  Government intends to improve operating efficiency and better utilize the annual nomination allocation by aligning it with B.C.’s labour market and economic development opportunities.

Applications that were in the PNP application system as of March 31, 2015 will continue to be processed during the 90-day pause. The PNP will also continue to accept applications under the Express Entry stream and will begin accepting new applications on July 2, 2015.

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Next Steps:

  • RCC will continue to monitor proposed changes to the Provincial Nominee Program and will remain in touch with Government officials.

  • While acknowledging it is unlikely the BC Government can make changes that will accommodate the very significant demand resulting from changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker program, RCC will be pleased to:
    1. hear from members about impacts of the changes in the Provincial Nominee Program, as knowledge of specific impacts will assist our advocacy; and,

    2. assist members in arranging meetings with Government officials.


British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), under which the province nominates people to immigrate to Canada (5,500 in 2015), is an economic immigration program designed to attract and retain foreign workers and entrepreneurs. This program is over-subscribed as a result of recent Federal changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker and Immigrant Investor programs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Greg Wilson, Director of Government Relations (B.C.) at: [email protected] or 604-730-5254