The British Columbia Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker (ELSS) stream is part of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), a program run by the British Columbia government. This stream prioritizes the nomination of immigrants with semi-skilled work experience in the province and a job offer from a British Columbia employer.
Successful nominees of the BC ELSS stream will receive an invitation to submit an application for Canadian permanent residency. It’s important to note that the program offers relaxed eligibility requirements for those with semi-skilled work experience in the Northeast Development Region of British Columbia.
Eligibility Requirements for the British Columbia Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Stream
Express Entry Profile
Connection to Province
Level of Education
Employed in British Columbia
In order for an applicant to participate in most of British Columbia’s Skills Immigration programs, they must have a job offer from a BC employer that meets certain general requirements.
The employer must provide a full-time, indefinite position with a competitive salary that complies with British Columbia’s minimum wage regulations, based on the applicant’s annual salary, residence location, and the number of dependents.
The employer’s business must be established and in good standing within the province, with a proven record of responsible workplace and business practices. Additionally, the business must meet the following minimum employee criteria:
The employer must show that they made reasonable efforts to recruit a Canadian national for the position before offering it to a foreign worker. It is worth mentioning that under the BC PNP, employers are not required to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for their positions to be considered valid.
The British Columbia Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker stream is based on an Expression of Interest (EOI) model. Eligible candidates who meet the stream’s criteria can create a profile on the British Columbia online immigration portal. After submitting the profile, candidates will be evaluated and ranked against one another through the BC Skills Immigration Ranking System. Those with the highest scores will be invited to submit an application to the stream during one of its periodic intakes.
Applicants must complete and submit their application within 30 days of receiving the invitation. A non-refundable fee of $700 CAD per applicant is required. Upon approval, the candidate will receive a provincial nomination for permanent residency in British Columbia. If the candidate is not currently working for their BC employer, they may request a letter of support to obtain a temporary work permit while their permanent residency application is being processed. This request is separate from the application for permanent residency and must be submitted to IRCC.
Once the provincial nomination is received, the applicant must submit their application for permanent residency within 6 months. The application must be in paper form and sent by mail to the designated application center. On average, processing of paper-based Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) applications for permanent residency takes approximately 18 months.
BC ELSS In-Demand Occupation List
Occupations in Travel and Accommodation
Hotel Front Desk Clerks
Tour and Recreational Guides and Casino Occupations
Tour and Travel Guides
Outdoor Sport and Recreational Guides
Occupations in Food and Beverage Service
Maitres d’hotel and Hosts/Hostesses
Food and Beverage Servers
Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers, etc.
Cleaners (employed directly by hotels/resorts)
Light Duty Cleaners
Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents
Support Occupations in Accommodation, Travel and Facilities Set-Up Services
Other Service Occupations (employed directly by hotels/resorts)
Dry Cleaning, Laundry and Related Occupations
Other Service Support Occupations
Process Control and Machine Operators, Food and Beverage Processing
Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers and Related Workers
Fish and Seafood Plant Workers
Testers and Graders, Food, Beverage and Associated Products Processing
Labour in Food, Beverage and Associated Products Processing
Labourers in Fish and Seafood Processing
British Columbia Skills Immigration Ranking System
Economic Factors (120)
Skill Level of the B.C. Job Offer
Wage of the B.C. Job Offer
Regional District of Employment
Human Capital Factors (80)
Directly Related Work Experience
Highest Level of Education
Total Available Points