BC PNP Points Calculator: Move to British Columbia

If you are looking to move to British Columbia, the first step is to see if you qualify under the BC Provincial Nominee Program. The BC PNP Points Calculator is a tool that helps you determine your eligibility. This calculator takes into account many factors, such as your education and work experience. It also looks at how proficient you are in English, and whether or not you have a job offer in BC. So, how do you use the BC PNP Points Calculator? Keep reading to find out!

What is BC PNP Points Calculator?

The BC Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Points Calculator is a tool that helps you determine your CRS score and ultimately, your eligibility for British Columbia immigration. The BC PNP calculator takes into account many factors, such as your education and work experience. It also looks at how proficient you are in English, and whether or not you have a job offer in BC.

Immigrate to British Columbia through Provincial Nomination

Determine your eligibility for British Columbia Immigration.


* Your country of origin is not a factor, but its good to know. Processing times are sometimes dependent on this.

Official Language Ability

What score range did you obtain in your official English language test?

Additional Points - Job Related

Do you have a job offer in any city in British Columbia already?
You said YES to job offer in BC. What Skill Level does this job fall into?
You said YES to job offer in BC. Which of the following best describe this job offer?
You said YES to job offer in BC. In which part of BC is this job offer?
You said YES to job offer in BC. How many years of Directly Related Work Experience do you have in this occupation?
If you've already worked in BC. Do you have at least 1 full year of work experience related to the field of your job offer?

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Distribution of Points in BC PNP CRS Calculator

The BC PNP Points Calculator awards points for various factors as follows:

  • Maximum of 50 points for a job offer in BC that meets the wage requirements of the NOC. That is for a job offer in an occupation classified at Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
  • 10 points for an eligible job offer in a region of BC outside the metro Vancouver area.
  • 25 points for having completed at least half of your education (secondary or post-secondary) from an institution in Canada.
  • 10 points if you have been living and working full-time for one year in BC.
  • 25 points if you have a minimum of two years’ worth of full-time work experience (at least 30 hours/week) with an employer based in BC. This work experience must be related to your occupation and job offer, if applicable.
  • Points are also awarded for language ability, with bonus points available if you have a CELPIP score of 12 or higher or an IELTS score of bandscore of least CLB level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB). Maximum point for language is 30.
  • Some points apply if you have a sibling living in British Columbia who meets some criteria.
  • Maximum score one can obtain from the BC PNP Points Calculator is 120.

Recommended: British Columbia Immigration guide.

Highlights of the BC PNP Points Calculator

  1. The BC PNP calculator looks at many factors, including your education and work experience.
  2. It also takes into account how proficient you are in English, and whether or not you have a job offer in BC.
  3. The BC PNP Points Calculator is based on the Skilled Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
  4. BC uses NOC levels to classify jobs.

How to use BC PNP Points Calculator

Now that you know what the BC Provincial Nominee Program Points Calculator is, let’s take a look at how you can use it.

The British Columbia Provincial Nomination CRS calculator on Work Study Visa will automatically calculate your score once you provide answers to questions structured around all BC SIRS factors. Simply hit the start button and answer the assessment questions. Your final score and recommendations will be sent to you via email.

Regional District of Employment in BC

The following cities are regarded as regional district of employment in British Columbia.

  • Stikine, Central Coast, Northern Rockies, Mount Waddington, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Powell River, Sunshine Coast, Kootenay-Boundary and Alberni-Clayoquot.
  • Kitimat-Stikine, Bulkley-Nechako, Squamish-Lillooet, Strathcona, Columbia-Shushwap and East Kootenay.
  • Peace River, Comox Valley, Cariboo and Central Kootenay.
  • Okanagan-Similkameen, Cowichan Valley, North Okanagan and Fraser-Fort George.
  • Thompson-Nicola, Nanaimo and Central Okanagan.
  • Capital and Fraser Valley.
  • Greater Vancouver.

Skills in demand in British Columbia

  • Agriculture.
  • Biological and biomedical sciences.
  • Computer and information sciences and support services.
  • Engineering.
  • Engineering technology.
  • Health professions and related clinical sciences.
  • Mathematics and statistics.
  • Natural resources conversation and research.
  • Physical sciences.
  • To check which jobs are in demand in BC this year, see our article on top jobs in BC.

What if you don’t have a job offer in BC?

If you don’t have a job offer in BC, don’t worry! You may still be eligible for British Columbia immigration. You can find more information about the BC Provincial Nominee Program on our website.

Is age a factor in BC PNP?

The BC PNP Points Calculator does not look at age as a factor – but please note that BC uses the federal Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to assess candidates. The CRS looks at age, among other factors. You can find more information about the BC Provincial Nominee Program on our website.

Do I need work experience for BC PNP?

The BC express entry program requires work experience. BC PNP uses the federal Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to assess candidates, and the CRS looks at work experience among other factors.

Who is BC Express Entry for?

The BC Express Entry program is for skilled professionals who have an offer of employment from an employer in British Columbia. If you’re interested in other provinces, do check our article on popular provincial nominee programs in Canada.

How is BC PNP Calculated?

BC PNP is based on many factors – such as educational qualifications, education in a school in British Columbia, proficiency in English based on IELTS or CELPIP score and whether or not the applicant has a job offer in BC. Salaries and location of job in British Columbia forms additional factors for candidates with job offer.

Is it easy to get invited for BC PNP?

British Columbia immigration is not easy because the province has certain requirements that applicants must meet. Also, many immigrants are interested in BC PNP, so the province has a points-based system to invite candidates. The best way to know if you are eligible is by using the BC PNP Points Calculator.

What is PR processing time for BC PNP?

The processing time for BC PNP is six months. However, this may change depending on the number of applications received and the complexity of individual cases.

Is the BC PNP Points Calculator free?

Yes – the BC PNP Points Calculator on Work Study Visa is absolutely free. This BC PNP Points Calculator gives an estimate of your eligibility for British Columbia immigration.

What is the minimum score to qualify for BC Immigration?

The minimum score that you can get through the BC PNP Points Calculator is 70 points. However, this does not guarantee selection in a draw because many applicants are interested in British Columbia Immigration and they may have better scores.

What are BC PNP Streams?

There are three skilled immigration streams in British Columbia – Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled stream. The BC Graduates need a job offer in the province to be eligible for this subcategory of BC PNP. Candidates with experience as truck drivers, food counter attendants, or cooks are eligible in the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled stream.

What is BC PNP EOI?

EOI means Expression of Interest and it stands for a profile that applicants need to create under BC PNP program for British Columbia immigration. This expression of interest profile does not guarantee an invitation to apply, but it is important for candidates to show interest in British Columbia immigration.

What are BC PNP Draw Dates?

British Columbia holds draws on specific dates every year under the different subcategories of BC PNP. These draw dates differ according to the occupation that you have and your level of education. Some draws are held only for candidates with a job offer and some are held for skilled workers without a job offer.

What is BC PNP SIRS?

BC uses Skilled Immigration Registration System (SIRS) since January 2016. This system allows the province to invite the best-ranked applicants through draws held at regular intervals throughout the year. Currently, British Columbia is only accepting applications through SIRS from candidates who have a job offer in the province.

What jobs are in demand in BC 2022?

The British Columbia occupation in demand list is updated every year. The list of in-demand occupations changes as the needs of British Columbia employers change. However, some jobs are always in demand, such as nurses, engineers and teachers.

What are BC PNP NOCs?

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) system is used by the Canadian government to classify jobs into skill levels. This system is also used by British Columbia under its skilled immigration streams. The different levels of NOC include 0, A and B. Candidates with work experience in skill level O or Skill type A are eligible for BC PNP under the Skilled Worker category. Check where your occupation fall into with our Free NOC finder tool.