British Columbia To Exclude Certain Occupations From Immigration Draws Due To COVID-19

British Columbia government says it will likely continue to exclude certain occupations from its weekly draws until the end of 2020 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Invitations to apply have been suspended for the jobs in hospitality, tourism, retail, and personal services sectors since March 30.

The British Columbia province believes employment in the industry is likely to drop Seventy (70) per cent this year, meaning labor market demand is not sufficient enough to justify bringing in new immigrants.

“This temporary measures is in response to the widespread unemployment  cases in these sectors resulting from the coronavirus pandemic,” said a British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program statement.

“We anticipate that these occupations will be excluded from invitations for the remainder of 2020. We continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on the province’s labor market with each BC PNP draw and will review sooner if called for by economic circumstances.”

British Columbia immigration department has continued its weekly draws uninterrupted despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

It continues to hold general draws for its Skills Immigration streams, as well as targeted draws via the BC PNP Tech Pilot.

“We will not select any BC PNP applicants if it will have adverse impacts on employment opportunities for the people of British Columbia,” the statement added.

“We will however, continue to target nominations on occupations that have labor shortages despite COVID-19.”

BC PNP: Some Occupations Temporarily Suspended Due to COVID-19

  • 0621: Retail and wholesales trade managers
  • 0631: Restaurant and food services managers
  • 0632: Accommodation service managers
  • 0651: Manager in customer and personal services, n.e.c.
  • 3236: Massage therapist
  • 6211: Retail sales supervisor
  • 6311: Foodservice supervisors
  • 6313: Accommodation, tourism, travel, and related services supervisors
  • 6321: Chefs
  • 6322: Cooks
  • 6341: Hairstylist and barbers
  • 6421: Retail salespersons
  • 6511: Maîtres d’hôtel and hosts/hostesses
  • 6512: Bartender
  • 6513: Food and beverage server
  • 6521: Travel counselors
  • 6522: Purser and flight attendants
  • 6523: Airline ticket agents
  • 6524: Ground and water transport ticket agent, cargo service reps and related clerks
  • 6525: Hotel and front desk clerks
  • 6531: Tour and travel guide
  • 6532: Outdoor sport and recreational guides
  • 6533: Casino agents
  • 6562: Estheticians, electrologist, and related occupations
  • 6564: Other personal services occupations
  • 6611: Cashiers
  • 6621: Service station attendant
  • 6711: Food counter attendants, kitchen helper, and related support occupations
  • 6721: Support occupations in accommodation, tourism, travel, and facilities
  • 6722: Operators and attendant in amusements, recreations, and sports
  • 6731: Light duty cleaners

About thirty-one (31) occupations have been excluded, all due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.