Sia Immigration Solutions Inc. is thrilled to share the latest update regarding the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), emphasizing the prioritization of construction occupations effective November 16, 2023. This strategic move aims to bolster the construction sector's workforce in British Columbia, aligning with the Homes for People action plan set to address the province's housing and infrastructure demands over the next five years.
Details of the Program Update:
Under this new initiative, 25 specific construction occupations will receive priority through the BC PNP. The selection criteria emphasize not only the occupation but also require candidates to hold a valid B.C. trades qualification. This prerequisite ensures that nominated construction workers are equipped and prepared to immediately contribute to B.C.'s thriving labor market.
The valid B.C. trades qualifications encompass a trades certificate issued by SkilledTradesBC or an apprenticeship registered with SkilledTradesBC, affirming the candidate's proficiency and readiness to engage effectively within the construction industry.
List of Priority Construction Occupations:
The designated construction occupations that now hold priority status within the BC PNP include:
- 22114 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
- 72102 Sheet metal workers
- 72103 Boilermakers
- 72104 Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
- 72105 Ironworkers
- 72106 Welders and related machine operators
- 72200 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
- 72201 Industrial electricians
- 72300 Plumbers
- 72301 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
- 72302 Gas fitters
- 72310 Carpenters
- 72311 Cabinetmakers
- 72320 Bricklayers
- 72400 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
- 72401 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
- 72402 Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
- 72500 Crane operators
- 73100 Concrete finishers
- 73101 Tilesetters
- 73102 Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
- 73110 Roofers and shinglers
- 73111 Glaziers
- 73112 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
- 73113 Floor covering installers
The BC PNP's prioritization of these construction occupations stands as a significant step towards fortifying the construction sector in British Columbia. Sia Immigration Solutions Inc. remains committed to assisting individuals seeking immigration pathways within these prioritized occupations, ensuring they are well-informed and guided through this advantageous opportunity presented by the BC Provincial Nominee Program.
For more detailed guidance or assistance with immigration applications under the BC PNP, do not hesitate to reach out to Sia Immigration Solutions Inc. Our team is dedicated to facilitating your journey towards securing opportunities in the vibrant construction sector of British Columbia.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is based on the updates available as of November 16, 2023. Applicants are advised to verify the latest guidelines and criteria from official sources or consult with immigration professionals for personalized guidance.