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British Columbia temporarily ceases its PNP draws until the New NOC system is implemented in November 

 The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) draws will be PNP draw pause starting October 12 till November 16, 2022, as Canada is going to implement its New (NOC) National Occupation Classification system in November which will cause drastic changes to occur in the PNP Provincial Nominee Programs to ensure a smooth transition for candidates.

Moreover, the British Columbia PNP candidates who have applications in the pool after the PNP draw pause period starts on October 12 will be required to resubmit their application in November at the end of the PNP draw pause period. However, If the candidate was invited on or before October 12, they still have 30 days to submit their application, they will still be evaluated using the current NOC 2016 criteria and will be given 30 days to submit their application. The British Columbian government also stated that application processing times for 80% of applications during the PNP draw pause period are anticipated to remain within the service standard of 3 months.

Also, there are certain exceptions to the PNP draw pause such as the ITAs under the Entrepreneur Immigration program and candidates applying under Health Authority will continue to be issued by the province along with International Post-Graduate categories being eligible to continue submitting applications until Nov. 13, 2022.

Changes brought by the new NOC 2021 program 

Within the new NOC system, all jobs will be categorized into six levels on the bases of a new (TEER) Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities system. It is also elaborated by Statistics Canada that the new structure evaluates candidates more on the bases of transferable skills and abilities instead of their occupational experience.

TEER 0

Occupations in Management

TEER 1

Complete a university degree (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate);

or

Have several years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER category 2 (when applicable).

TEER 2

Completion of a post-secondary education program of two to three years at community college, institute of technology, or CÉGEP; or

Completion of an apprenticeship training program of two to five years; or

Occupations with supervisory or significant safety (police officers and firefighters) responsibilities; or

Several years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER category 3 (when applicable).

TEER 3

Completion of a post-secondary education program of fewer than two years at community college, institute of technology, or CÉGEP; or

Apprenticeship training of fewer than 2 years; or

More than six months of on-the-job training, training courses, or specific work experience with some secondary school education; or

Several years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER category 4 (when applicable).

TEER 4

Completion of secondary school; or

Several weeks of on-the-job training with some secondary school education; or

Several years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER category 5 (when applicable).

TEER 5

Short work demonstration and no formal educational requirements.

More than 258 candidates were invited for the British Columbia weekly PNP draw.

Before the BC PNP draws pause was implemented over 258 candidates had been invited to apply for a provincial nomination in British Columbia on September 28.

Among the candidates, a majority of them, 215, were invited through a targeted draw for tech occupations. The candidates who were in the Skilled Worker and International Graduates categories along with some Express Entry candidates were the ones to receive the invitations.

Moreover the Candidates who were invited to the target tech draw were evaluated through their SIRS score which works similarly to the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) but is unique to British Columbia’s PNPs and the minimum SIRS score of the candidates was 100.

There were also rounds of invitations held for candidates working in the following occupations by the province.

  • 28 early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) with scores of at least 60 points; and

  • 15 Healthcare workers from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level, and Semi-Skilled (includes EEBC option) with scores of at least 60 points

  • Healthcare assistants from the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category with minimum scores of 60 and;

  • Other priority occupations with minimum scores of 60

PNP draws of British Columbia paused for a month

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