The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot (EI – Regional Pilot) is open. This program offers opportunities for entrepreneurs from around the world to establish businesses in regional communities. The participating communities are published on the BC-PNP website. More information about the program is found on the BC-PNP website.
Recently BC announced a Regional Pilot as part of the Entrepreneur Immigration Stream to attract immigrant entrepreneurs to settle in smaller communities across BC. To attract immigrant entrepreneurs to settle in regional BC the personal net worth and investment criteria have been reduced. Another measure is that the participating community must actively support the immigrant entrepreneur to ensure a better establishment in the community. The pilot is initially for a two year period. At this time the pilot is still closed as the enrollment of participating communities is still in progress.
The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration has announced that the Ontario Immigration Act, 2015 and its regulations to attract and retain global talent to promote prosperity and economic growth will be coming into force on January 1, 2018.
Further information about the Act, including what is new and what you need to know as an applicant or an employer will be available in January 2018.
Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement creates a framework to attract, select and support skilled newcomers! Read more here!
The Province of Manitoba announced several changes to their provincial nominee program to attract more immigrants:
The MPNP will be reorganized around four new or revised application streams:
- International Education Stream (IES)
- Business Investor Stream (BIS)
- Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream (SWM)
- Skilled Worker Overseas Stream (SWO)
Each stream will include more flexible pathways to ensure that all provincial nominees are able to meet clearly defined labour market and economic needs in Manitoba. These priorities will be clearly communicated to potential MPNP applicants through a regularly updated In-Demand Occupations list.
Read more about on the MPNP website.
The planned changes, including the January start date, is postponed in order for the government to continue conversations with affected stakeholders. Prospective applicants can continue to apply under the existing streams.
Effective January 2, 2018, the Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP) will be making changes to its streams. The AINP will reduce the number of streams available. These changes will simplify application processes, reduce wait times, and make it fairer for applicants across all sectors and industries in Alberta. The AINP will also be more responsive to emerging labour market needs while supporting the goal of building a skilled, permanent workforce and a more diversified economy.