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British Columbia Issued 3,100 Nominations for Canadian PR in 2018

March 25 , 2020 By Rajneesh Kumar

British Columbia Nominated 3,100 Express Entry Candidates in 2018

As per a report issued on 2ndAugust, 2019, the province of British Columbia had issued total 3,100 nominations for Canadian permanent residency to Express Entry candidates in the year 2018.

Most of the nominations were sent to candidates in BCPNP Express Entry aligned categories, which includes:

  • B.C. (EEBC): Skilled Worker Category (2,000) and
  • EEBC: International Graduate Category (936)

These 3,100 nominations last year were a rise of 750 nominations in comparison to 2017 s nominated figures and accounted for 48% of all nominations, which were issued by the BCPNP (British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program) last year.

Total number of Nominations issued by EEBC category between the years 2016-2018:

EEBC CATEGORY 2018 2017 2016
EEBC: Skilled Worker 1,987 1,181 799
EEBC: International Graduate 936 1,038 1,036
EEBC: International Post-Graduate 165 126 209
EEBC: Healthcare Professional 12 5 6


To be eligible for nomination via the EEBC Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories, candidates have to first register themselves via the BCPNP’s Skills Immigration Registration System.

After which their profiles enter an Express Entry pool and they receive registrations based on their score on different factors. The highest-ranked candidates will obtain invitations to apply (ITA) for a provincial nomination via regular Express Entry draws.

Total 1,987 nominations were issued via the EEBC: Skilled Worker Category, which was again an increase of total 806 nominations in comparison to 2017.

Additionally, nominations also increased for the EEBC: International Post-Graduate and Healthcare Professional categories, while EEBC: International Graduate Category saw a little decrease.

Nominations issued by SI (Skills Immigration) category between the years 2016-2018:

SI CATEGORY 2018 2017 2016
SI: Skilled Worker 1,607 1,218 1,232
SI: International Graduate 636 1,334 1,238
SI: International Post-Graduate 371 337 513
SI: Healthcare Professional 92 92 132
SI: Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 633 600 756

Nominations have also increased for Skilled Workers who were registered with the BCPNP’s Skills Immigration Program, which is not an Express Entry aligned program.

The BC PNP had issued total 1,607 nominations to Skilled Worker candidates (SI) in the year 2018, which is more than the numbers issued in 2017, which was 1,218.

Similar to EEBC: Skilled Worker Category, all the candidates must have a valid job offer from an employer of British Columbia to be eligible to receive a provincial nomination.

Important: BC PNP Occupation List

Nominations through Tech Pilot

The BCPNP also reported that a major proportion of technology job nominations have increased up to 19.7% in 2018, which was 17.2% in 2017.

The total number of nominees from a tech occupation from SI and EEBC categories were 1,141 while for other occupations it was 4,658.

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