British Columbia PNP Changes Points Allocations for Applicants

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program has improved its points system to consider NOC changes and significance of human capital factors.

The BCPNP (British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program) has altered its points system to change point’s administration for applicants.

To abstract, the points system (that, in the Express Entry- directed program gets used to analyze applicants eligibility for immigration under permanent residence) has improved in the following ways:

  • The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the chief way of classifying jobs, and has newly shifted to a TEER classification. But the points for the National Occupational Classification skill level have been removed now.
  • Consequently, the number of scores allocated to human capital (skills, experience, education, and the abilities of the candidate) and economic factors (job offer, salary, district of employment) of applicants has grown.
  • Extra points are added for professional positions and language abilities in both the official language of Canada.
  • Points are added for the past work experience or study outside of metropolitan Vancouver.

These modifications (still classified between human capital and economic factors) are reviewed in the new table for points allotment:

  Scoring Selections Max Points
Human Capital Factors Directly Related Work Experience 40
Highest Level of Education 40
Language Proficiency (English or French) 40
Economic Factors Hourly Wage of the B.C. Job Offer 55
Area within B.C. 25
Total Points Available 200

Change #1: No points according to NOC of job offer

The first and foremost change in the new points assignment system, is the deletion of scores on the basis of the National Occupational Classification skill level of the job offer of the candidate.

In previous cases, the applicant was allocated up to 60 points in value based on the NOC, those points are now allocated among both the human capital and economic factors of candidates.

Change #2 Re- allocations of points

As per, the elimination of points for NOC code of job offer, each and every human capital or economic factors are now given an expanded priority:

  • Precisely related work experience, now achieve a maximum of 60 points (earlier 40 points).
  • The highest level of education now gets a maximum of 40 points (earlier 25).
  • Language skills in English or French, now gets a maximum of 40 points
    (earlier 30).
  • Hourly wage of job offer now gets a maximum of 55 points (earlier 50).
  • Area within British Columbia (B.C) now gets a maximum of 25 points (earlier 10).

Change #3: Points for eligible professional designations

Other changes in the points assignment for economic factors was the additional 5 points that can be offered to eligible professional designations achieved by a candidate. It includes any valid trade certificate held by SkilledTradesBC or Industry Training Authority British Columbia (ITABC); but it makes recommendations to particular professions on page 56 of the BCPNP program guide.

Change #4: CLB Language benchmark of 9 now receives a full score, ability in both French and English recognized

Maximum points for language proficiency (30 points) can now be acquired with a CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) of 9 as against to the earlier 10. The Canadian Language Benchmark is national standard of Canada for assessing language capability, on the basis of official language tests.

The other change here is the capability in both English and French is now acknowledged and gets an extra 10 points for candidates who have both.

Change #5: Readjusted weighting for location in British Columbia

Other changes are made to the district of employment of candidates in B.C. whereas formerly select locations outside of Vancouver will obtain a tiered number of points, the present scoring criteria assigns:

  • 0 points for employment in the metro Vancouver district;
  • 5 points for employment in the Squamish, Abbotsford, Agassiz, Mission, and Chilliwack districts; and
  • 15 points, for any area in B.C. not already mentioned.

Furthermore, the criteria assign 10 additional points to the applicants with particular education or work experience (as contrary to the former assignment for one year of any Canadian experience).

Change #6: Higher wage ceiling

Finally, the major change in the points criteria was a higher ceiling to achieve the maximum points based on income. There are also 5 extra points accessible here for candidates (55 earlier 50).

Whereas earlier an yearly salary of $100,000 will guarantee a candidate the maximum points in this category, British Columbia has modified this ceiling to an yearly income of $145,000; candidates who earlier received an income of $100,000, now only get 33 points, as against to the old maximum of 50