British Columbia’s Tech Pilot
An updated version of British Columbia’s Tech Pilot will resume for another year. The Tech Pilot system, which was introduced last August was designed to help British Columbia’s booming tech sector attract foreign talent in 32 in-demand occupations. These occupations were done trough weekly draws from the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program or BC PNP’s pool of immigration candidates.
In an updated issue on June 26th, 2018 the BC PNP announced that it will extend the pilot until June 2019. Moreover, it will also reduce the number of in-demand occupations from 32 to 29 as well as the duration of its required job offer from a permanent full-time offer to a full-time offer of at least one year.
The removal of the three occupations from the list of in-demand occupations was based upon criticism from the tech sector employers and demonstrates actual demand, according to the BC PNP. The three position which were removed area were; Purchasing Managers, Professional Occupations in Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations, Business Development Officers, Marketing Public Relations and Business Development and Marketing Research and Consultants.