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British Columbia PNP EI Regional Pilot – List of Participating Communities

The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot (EI – Regional Pilot) is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs from around the world to establish businesses in one of the 31 participating communities in British Columbia.

The province recently confirmed the list of the enrolled communities by Development Regions[1]. The following communities are participating in the BC PNP Entrepreneur Regional Pilot. Each of the bellow listed communities identified priority economic development industries, and selected prospective applicants to the BC PNP.

 

Cariboo Region

 

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Priority Sectors

Community Description

Mackenzie

Population: 3,883

115 – Support activities for agriculture and forestry
213 – Support activities for mining, and oil and gas extraction
721  – Accommodation services

Mackenzie is a friendly community of about 3,700 residents nestled between the Rocky and Omineca Mountains. We are open for business and willing to work with potential investors. We invite you to explore the opportunities Mackenzie has to offer!
– Community website: https://www.districtofmackenzie.ca

Prince George

Population: 74,003

448 – Clothing and clothing accessories stores
493 – Warehousing and storage
713  – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries

Located in central British Columbia on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh, Prince George has a population of 74,003 and serves a region of nearly 320,000 people.
– Community website: https://www.princegeorge.ca

Quesnel

Population: 10,378

311 – Food manufacturing
541  – Professional, scientific and technical services
722 – Food services and drinking places

Located in the central interior of British Columbia, in Quesnel, we live life to the fullest. With affordable housing costs, accessible amenities, and short commutes, we’re able to get out and enjoy the nature that surrounds us.
– Community website: https://www.quesnel.ca

Williams Lake

Population: 11,359

561 – Administrative and support services
611 – Educational services
722  – Food services and drinking places

Williams Lake is the “hub” of the Cariboo and a vital part of the Hwy 97 Cariboo Connector – the gateway to Northern B.C.  Less than 600KM from Vancouver, Williams Lake serves as the business centre for much of the Cariboo-Chilcotin region.
– Community website: https://www.williamslake.ca

 

Kootenay Region

 

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Priority Sectors

Community Description

Castlegar

Population: 8,000

113 – Forestry and logging
453  – Miscellaneous store retailers
484 – Truck transportation

Located halfway between Calgary and Vancouver, Castlegar is projected to be the Kootenay’s fastest growing community in the next 20 years. Castlegar is home to Selkirk College. The region’s main economic drivers are Forestry, Education and Transport.
– Community website: https://www.castlegar.ca

Kimberley

Population: 7,425

321 – Wood product manufacturing
339  – Miscellaneous manufacturing
611 – Educational services

Kimberley is a growing community located in southeastern British Columbia with easy access to major markets by road or the Canadian Rockies International Airport (15 min drive from city). Kimberley offers low land cost, no development cost charges.
– Community website: http://www.kimberley.ca

Nelson

Population: 10,572

321 – Wood product manufacturing
339 – Miscellaneous manufacturing
541  – Professional, scientific and technical services

Nelson and area is one of B.C.’s richest resource regions. Nelson’s climate, location, & quality workforce have helped create a robust diverse economy including tourism, retail, food & beverage, education, health services, manufacturing, and technology.
– Community website: http://www.nelson.ca

Regional District of Central Kootenay (Area J)

Population: 3,500

113 – Forestry and logging
236 – Construction of buildings
623  – Nursing and residential care facilities

The Regional District of Central Kootenay – Area J includes the communities of Ootischenia, Robson, Renata, Deer Park, Brooklyn, Shields, Raspberry, Syringa and Fairview.
Located across the river from Castlegar, Area J is projected to be among the Kootenay’s fastest growing communities in the next 20 years. The region’s main economic drivers are Forestry, Education and Transport.
– Community website: https://www.rdck.ca

Rossland

Population: 3,904

236 – Construction of buildings
518 – Data processing, hosting, and related services
713  – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries

The City of Rossland, tucked high in the Monashee Mountains, is known as both “Canada’s Alpine City”. Slightly higher, Red Mountain Ski Resort’s an incredible tourist destination for world class skiing in winter and mountain biking in the summer.
– Community website: https://www.rossland.ca

Trail

Population: 8,122

332 – Fabricated metal product manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
562 – Waste management and remediation services

The City of Trail, also known as “the Silver City”, is nestled along the mighty Columbia River. It was settled in the 1890s and is home to one of the world’s largest metallurgical complexes because of the historical mining industry in the region.
– Community website: http://www.trail.ca   

 

Mainland/Southwest Region

 

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Priority Sectors

Community Description

Gibsons

Population: 4,605

339 – Miscellaneous manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
611  – Educational services

Gibsons is a coastal community located in southwestern British Columbia, Canada on the Strait of Georgia, approx. 40 km northwest of Vancouver. The Town’s compact boundaries encompass only 4,600 residents.
– Community website: https://www.gibsons.ca

Sechelt

Population: 10,216

115  – Support activities for agriculture and forestry
236 – Construction of buildings
238 – Specialty trade contractors

The District of Sechelt is the largest population centre in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. Located about 30 km north of the ferry terminal that connects the Sunshine Coast to the Lower Mainland, Sechelt has a population of 10,216.
– Community website: https://www.sechelt.ca

Squamish

Population: 20,799

321 – Wood product manufacturing
511  – Publishing industries
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services

Nestled between the west coast metropolis of Vancouver and the world-famous resort of Whistler, Squamish has access to global markets, and a strong workforce without the congestion and aggravation of urban life.
– Community website: https://squamish.ca/business-and-development/economic-development/bcpnp/

Sunshine Coast Regional District – Egmont and Pender Harbour (Area A)

Population: 2,624

321 – Wood product manufacturing
623  – Nursing and residential care facilities
713  – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries

Located at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast Peninsula, the Pender Harbour area is a complex maze of inlets, islands, coves, and lakes. The scattered community of settlements includes Madeira Park, Beaver Island, Garden Bay and Irvines Landing. To the north are Kleindale, Sakinaw Lake, Ruby Lake, Earl’s Cove, Egmont, Skookumchuck Narrows and the waterways up Jervis Inlet.
The Egmont/Pender Harbour area is home to several marinas and numerous tourist accommodations, artists’ studios, local shops, restaurants, a health centre and the School of Music.
– Community website: http://www.scrd.ca/Area-A—Pender-Harbour–Egmont

Sunshine Coast Regional District – Halfmoon Bay (Area B)

Population: 2,726

321 – Wood product manufacturing
623  – Nursing and residential care facilities
713  – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries

The Halfmoon Bay (Area B) includes includes Porpoise Bay from Tuwanek to the Skookumchuk, Salmon and Narrows Inlet, Redrooffs, Welcome Woods, Halfmoon Bay, Secret Cove and Wood Bay. It also includes the Trail Islands, Merry Island, Franklin Island, North Thormanby Island, South Thormanby Island, Bertha Island, Capri Isle, France Islet, Grant Island, Jack Tolmie Island and Turnagain Island.
The Halfmoon Bay Area has gentle bays and coves that provide several protected harbours for marine traffic; the area includes several parks as well as diving spots, hiking and mountain biking trails.
– Community website: http://www.scrd.ca/Area-B—Halfmoon-Bay

Sunshine Coast Regional District – Roberts Creek (Area D)

Population: 3,421

321 – Wood product manufacturing
623  – Nursing and residential care facilities
713  – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries

Roberts Creek is a residential and beach area located between the Elphinstone area and the District of Sechelt.
Roberts Creek includes a paved bike path that runs parallel to the highway; a golf course, Cliff Gilker Park, a family-oriented hiking area. Roberts Creek is also the location for several important regional amenities.
– Community website: http://www.scrd.ca/Area-D—Roberts-Creek

Sunshine Coast Regional District – Elphinstone (Area E)

Population: 3,664

321 – Wood product manufacturing
623  – Nursing and residential care facilities
713  – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries

Elphinstone is a small, but populated area surrounding the north, west and south of Gibsons.
The southernmost area in the SCRD, Elphinstone is home to an agricultural plateau where early farm settlements are still operational. Elphinstone also includes large tracts of undeveloped land, small businesses, residential areas, parks and a pioneer cemetery.
– Community website: http://www.scrd.ca/Area-e—Elphinstone

Sunshine Coast Regional District – West Howe Sound (Area F)

Population: 2,043

321 – Wood product manufacturing
623  – Nursing and residential care facilities
713  – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries

The communities of West Howe Sound stretch along the lower roadway (Marine Drive) from Gibsons, to the ferry terminal, past the ferry terminal towards Port Mellon, and up the ferry bypass route into Upper Gibsons and Area E – Elphinstone.
The West Howe Sound area includes Langdale, Port Mellon, Williamson’s Landing, Granthams Landing, Soames, Hopkins Landing, and Gambier and Keats Islands. Although this is the most lightly populated area in the SCRD, it has the highest growth rate in the Regional District.
 – Community website: http://www.scrd.ca/Area-F—West-Howe-Sound

 

Thompson-Okanagan

 

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Priority Sectors

Community Description

Barriere

Population: 1,763

321 – Wood product manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
713  – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries

A beautiful place to raise a family, start a business or retire in an affordable, safe community. Abundant recreation is at your doorstep in a relaxing home-town atmosphere. Just 45 minutes scenic commute to the city of Kamloops.
– Community website: http://www.barriere.ca

Merritt

Population: 7,526

484 – Truck Transportation
453 – Miscellaneous store retailers
493 – Warehousing and storage

The City of Merritt is located at the hub of major transportation routes, offering direct links to provincial and international markets, education facilities, a youthful labour force, while providing residents with mild winters and warm summers.
– Community website: www.merritt.ca

Vernon

Population: 42,574

311  – Food manufacturing
452 – General merchandise stores
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services

Vernon is surrounded by three lakes and is known for its hot summers and mild winters. Vernon’s casual lifestyle, rich agricultural bounty and spectacular outdoor recreation opportunities has attracted residents from across the globe.
– Community website: https://www.vernon.ca/pnp

 

Nechako

 

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Priority Sectors

Community Description

Burns Lake

Population: 7,500

111  – Crop production
238 – Specialty trade contractors
339 – Miscellaneous manufacturing

Burns Lake and the greater area known as the Lakes District is an example of northern regeneration. The economy is diversifying, building on our strength in forestry, while encouraging growth in tourism, agriculture, technology and small business.
– Community website: https://www.burnslake.ca

 

North Coast

 

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Priority Sectors

Community Description

Terrace

Population: 13,000

115 – Support activities for agriculture and forestry
213 – Support activities for mining, and oil and gas extraction
339 – Miscellaneous manufacturing

Centrally located in Northwest B.C., Terrace is home to many of the regions business and government services. The City is situated along the Skeena River with excellent access to neighbouring communities and major urban centres by road, rail and air.
– Community website: https://www.terrace.ca | https://terrace.ecdev.org

 

Northeast

 

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Priority Sectors

Community Description

Tumbler Ridge

Population: 2,130

611 – Educational services
713  – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries
721 – Accommodation services

The second of three Global Geoparks in North America, our spectacular mountain wilderness setting of forests, waterfalls, rock formations, dinosaur footprints, lakes, canyons and caves provide spectacular associated business start-up opportunities. 
– Community website: https://www.InvestTumblerRidge.ca | https://www.TumblerRidge.ca | https://www.DistrictOfTumblerRidge.ca

 

Vancouver Island/Coast

 

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Priority Sectors

Community Description

Comox

Population: 14,850

311 – Food manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721  – Accommodation services

Comox is the second-largest municipality in the Comox Valley (CV) and contains a multitude of economic assets that are significant on a regional scale, including a vibrant harbour and adjacent waterfront areas, the downtown, 19 Wing Comox and the CV Airport (YQQ).
 – Community website: https://www.investcomoxvalley.com

Comox Valley Regional District – Baynes Sound – Denman/Hornby Island (Area A)

Population: 7,213

311 – Food manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721  – Accommodation services

Baynes Sound – Denman/Hornby Islands (Electoral Area A) begins at the southern boundary of Courtenay and stretches south to Cook Creek, the most southerly boundary of the CVRD. It includes Royston, Union Bay and Fanny Bay, and both Denman/Hornby.
– Community website: https://www.investcomoxvalley.com

Comox Valley Regional District – Lazo North (Area B)

Population: 7,095

311 – Food manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721  – Accommodation services

Lazo North (Electoral Area B) includes the Comox Peninsula, Little River, Balmoral Beach Area, Point Holmes, Bates Beach, Huband Road and the Tsolum regions.
– Community website: https://www.investcomoxvalley.com

Comox Valley Regional District – Puntledge – Black Creek (Area C)

Population: 8,617

311 – Food manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721  – Accommodation services

Puntledge – Black Creek (Electoral Area C) includes Merville, Black Creek, Dove Creek, Saratoga Beach, Mount Washington, and northern boundary of the Oyster River for CVRD.
– Community website: https://www.investcomoxvalley.com

 

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