BC Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (ELSS) Category Including Employment in Northeast Development Region
Canada PR through BC PNP – British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program – You may be eligible for this category if you are currently working in B.C. in an eligible occupation in the tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, food processing or healthcare sectors.
If you are currently working in the Northeast Development Region of the province, you may be eligible for this category if you are employed in any NOC Skill Level C or D occupation, other than live-in caregivers. For information about the National Occupational Classification (NOC) and how the NOC works, please visit this section.
Express Entry Not Available for this Category.
All ELSS-eligible occupations are classified as Skill Level C or D.
- ELSS-eligible occupations are divided into four sectors:
- tourism and hospitality
- long-haul trucking
- food processing
If you are currently working in the Northeast Development Region of B.C., you may be eligible for this category if you are employed in any entry level or semi-skilled occupation listed as Skill Level C or D in the NOC, excluding live-in caregivers. Your eligibility for ELSS is not restricted to occupations in the tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, food processing or healthcare sectors.
If you are employed under the Live-In Caregiver program, you are not eligible for the BC PNP as this federal program already provides participants with a pathway to permanent residence.
Job offer must require.
The BC PNP may allow for changes in your employment from one ELSS-eligible occupation to a different ELSS-eligible occupation with the same employer during the nine-month qualifying period.
Annual vacation leave will generally count toward meeting this nine consecutive month employment requirement. For example, if you worked for nine months for the supporting employer, and during that nine-month period you took a two-week vacation, you would still meet the nine-month employment requirement.
Medical/Parental/Maternity/Extended Vacation leave are acceptable breaks in employment, however they do not contribute towards the accumulation of nine months of work experience for the ELSS category. You must still obtain the entire nine months of work experience, and must be working full-time at the time you register and apply for the BC PNP.
During the nine-month period, any type of leave longer than two weeks will not be counted towards the nine-month employment requirement. For example, if you worked for two months, then took a six-month parental leave, you would have to work for an additional seven months upon returning to work before you would be eligible for the ELSS category.
Employment that is part of a program of study (such as co-op) or obtained using a Study Permit does not qualify towards the nine-month consecutive employment requirement.
You must maintain full-time employment in an ELSS-eligible occupation with your supporting employer in B.C. throughout the BC PNP application process
BC PNP registrants who are no longer authorized to work for the supporting B.C. employer at the time they receive an invitation to apply, and who maintain legal status in Canada (e.g. as a visitor) or leave Canada, may submit an application provided they meet the following:
the requirement for nine (9) months of full-time employment on a valid work permit in B.C. was met at the time of current registration;
- the job offer in an ELSS-eligible occupation remains valid throughout the current registration and application process.
Minimum Income Requirement.
Minimum Secondary Education requires.
below are some specific requirement for long haul truck driver.
Experience: Long-haul truck drivers must have at least two years of work experience as a long-
haul truck driver in the preceding three years before registering with the BC PNP.
This experience can be obtained from within Canada or abroad.
Licence and certification: Long-haul truck drivers must have a valid B.C. Class 1 driver’s licence with air brake endorsement for the duration of the nine months of full-time work experience. Long-haul truck drivers may also be required to provide evidence of a driver’s licence to operate as a long-haul truck driver for the full employment period stated in the registration and application.
Long-haul truck drivers must also have other certification(s), if required for the nature of their work (such as certification for transporting dangerous goods).
Calculating wages: For long-haul truck drivers, your annual wage is calculated using the average number of hours worked based on your nine-months of wage statements, to a maximum of 60 hours/week x 52 weeks.
Additional requirement for Healthcare
Certification and/or registration: If you are employed in an ELSS-eligible healthcare occupation,
you must have the registration and/or licence to work in that occupation in B.C.