B.C. expands nominee program

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VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. government is taking steps to bring more skilled and business immigrants into its province by expanding the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

“Both the recent Asia Pacific Trade Council report on China and Hong Kong and the report from the B.C. Competition Council recommended expanding the PNP to attract more immigrants to B.C.,” stated Colin Hansen, Minister of Economic Development. “We’re responding by adding six new staff members to the program with a goal of increasing our nominees by 41% this year.”

The expansion can be viewed as good news for trucking companies looking to address the driver shortage by attracting immigrant drivers. Originally introduced to address the shortage of registered nurses in B.C., the B.C. PNP has expanded into a number of different categories with two main streams: business categories and strategic occupations.

The strategic occupations category of the PNP allows the province to select highly skilled immigrants to fill critical labour shortages in the province.

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