By CIC News |

Statistics show last year was a big year for B.C. immigration in terms of registrants, nominees, and the Tech Pilot.

B.C. saw a jump in the number of skilled workers come through its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in 2019.

Skills Immigration (SI) is one of two immigration streams managed by the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). This stream is for skilled foreign workers who want to settle in Canada’s westmost province. About 99% of all people nominated for permanent residence by B.C. go through this category. Entrepreneur Immigration takes the remaining 1%.

In 2019, the BC PNP saw the largest number of registrants, the biggest year for the Tech Pilot, and the most provincial nominations issued in a single year, according to the annual statistical report.

A total of 6,551 people were given permanent residence with their provincial nomination from B.C., though the federal government originally only allowed the province to have 6,500.

Who are the skilled workers immigrating through the BC PNP?

Most SI immigrants were from India (33%) and China (15%) in 2019.

About 75% of these skilled workers intended to reside in Vancouver.

The most common occupations among new immigrants were:

  • restaurant and food service managers (8.4%);
  • retail and wholesale managers (5.8%);
  • software engineers and designers (4.3%);
  • graphic designers and illustrators (4.2%); and
  • transport truck drivers (4.1%).

B.C. reported the average salaries for SI nominees increased substantially from 2018 to 2019. Increases were especially prevalent with the International Graduate (19.5%), Skilled Worker (13.4%) and Express Entry B.C. International Graduate (13.1%) categories.

These are the average salaries of immigrant nominees by category:

  • EEBC – Skilled Worker $74,359
  • Skilled Worker $73,960
  • EEBC – International Graduate $47,736
  • International Graduate $47,407
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled $44,527

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