BC- Regular streams



The BC Provincial Nominee Program offers three ways to become a permanent resident in B.C. Each pathway contains different categories you can apply under, depending on your National Occupational Classification skill level, job, or international student status.

Browse the links below for details of available categories, program requirements, and how to register and apply.

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Skills Immigration

Skills Immigration is for skilled and semi-skilled workers in high-demand occupations in B.C. It uses a points-based invitation system. The process involves registering and applying online for the BC PNP and a paper application process for permanent residency.

You may not need prior work experience for some categories. Skilled workers may have work experience from abroad. Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category applicants need B.C. work experience. Recent international graduates of a Canadian university or college may not need any work experience, depending on the job being offered.

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Express Entry BC

Express Entry BC is a faster way for eligible skilled workers to immigrate to B.C. You must also qualify for a federal economic immigration program. It uses a points-based invitation system, and is an entirely web-based registration and application process for both the BC PNP and permanent residency process.

You do not require B.C. work experience. However, you must have relevant work experience as well as meet other requirements such as education and language.

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Entrepreneur Immigration

The Entrepreneur Immigration stream is for high net worth business people who can invest in and actively manage a valid business in B.C. It is a points-based system. Applicants must also have the required personal and investment funds.

We also have an option for companies looking to expand into B.C., and who need to get permanent residency for key employees.

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Other immigration options

If you don’t qualify for one of the BC PNP streams, there may be other ways to come to B.C. Learn about your options, and see if you qualify as an immigrant, temporary resident or visitor.


Freshwater Atlas


The Freshwater Atlas is a standardized dataset for mapping British Columbias hydrological features. The atlas defines watershed boundaries and provides a connected network of streams, lakes and wetlands. This network serves as the foundation for sophisticated analysis and modelling.

The quality of B.C.’s water is a reflection of the environmental, economic and social well-being of our province. The Freshwater Atlas has been developed as a management tool to ensure freshwater resources in B.C. are sustained for future generations.

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The Freshwater Atlas was designed to be the definitive source for mapping freshwater features in B.C. The atlas provides a consistent base and coding system, ensuring the Province’s various freshwater-related inventories are tied to a common base.

Freshwater Atlas data is generally dense. Data should be displayed at a scale greater than 1:75,000 for best results. The dataset is available in ARC_SDE format and BC Albers projection.

Navigate through Freshwater Atlas data with the help of an application based on Web Map Service (WMS) standards. Create your own maps and views by combining Freshwater Atlas data with other provincial datasets.