British Columbia Entrepreneur Program

Process Overview (Conditions)
Prospective Entrepreneur applicants must submit an online registration, or pre-application, to the BC PNP. Registrations are scored on the basis of human capital, business and economic factors, and registrants are notified of scores within 6 weeks. Periodically, based on program capacity, the highest scoring registrants are invited to submit an online application.
Applications are assessed based on program criteria, and if approved, applicants sign a Performance Agreement with the Province. Applicants must actively manage their B.C. business for a minimum of 18 months while on a BC PNP-supported 2-year work permit.
Once applicants have satisfied their Performance Agreement, the BC PNP issues a nomination so that the applicant and dependent family members may apply to the federal government for permanent residence in the Provincial Nominee class. Applicants are nominated with the expectation that they will continue to operate their business and reside in B.C.

Personal Requirements

  • Personal net worth of at least $600,000
  • Demonstrated business and/or management experience

Business Requirements

  • Establish a new business for which you will need to provide a complete and comprehensive Business Plan at the time of file submission.

Investment Requirements

  • Make an eligible personal investment of at least $200,000 in the business

Job Requirements

  • Create at least one new full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in the business

General Nomination Requirements

  • Active and ongoing management of the day-to-day business operations demonstrated residence in B.C.

British Columbia Government Fees

  • $300 registration fee
  • $3,500 application fee
  • $1,000 for each key staff application

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