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Changes in Points Allocation for British Columbia PNP

BC PNP has modified its complete points allocation criteria for the applicants.

The following points have been changed:

  • NOC (National Occupation Class) skill level points have been removed. The NOC system has changed to TEER system.
  • The number of points for the Human Capital has been increased, like skills, experience, education & competencies of the individual and economic factors like job offer, income, district of employment.
  • Additional points for professional designations & language proficiency (For both English & French).
  • More points for previous work experience, or staying outside of metropolitan Vancouver.

The following table shows the changes in different categories of Human Capital Factors:

Scoring SelectionsMax Points
Human Capital FactorsDirectly Related Work Experience
Highest Level of Education
Language Proficiency (English or French)
Economic FactorsHourly Wage of BC Job Offer
Area within B.C.
Total Points Available200

Change 1: There’ll be no points according to NOC of Job Offer

The new points allocation system has removed the points based on NOC skill level of job offer of an applicant.

Change 2: Reallocation of points

Because of removal of points for NOC code of job offer, other human capital or economic factors will be given more weightage:

  • Directly related work experience now receives a maximum of 60 points (previously 40);
  • Highest level of education now receives a maximum of 40 points (previously 25);
  • Language proficiency in English or French now receives a maximum of 40 points (previously 30);
  • Hourly wage of job offer now receives a maximum of 55 points (previously 50);
  • Area within British Columbia (B.C.) now receives a maximum of 25 points (previously 10);

Change 3: More Points for eligible professional designations

Another change is the addition of 5 points that can be awarded to eligible professional designations held by an applicant. This includes any valid trade certificate held by SkilledTradesBC or Industry Training Authority British Columbia (ITABC); but also makes reference to specific 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

A maximum score for language ability (30 points) can now be achieved with a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 9 as opposed to the previous 10.
The CLB is Canada’s national standard for evaluating language ability, based on official language tests.
A further change here is that ability in both English and French is now recognized and receives an additional 10 points for applicants who have both.

Change 5: Readjusted weighting for location in British Columbia

A number of changes have been made to the employement of applicants in British Columbia.
Previously selected locations outside of Vancouver would receive a tiered number of points, the current scoring criteria allocates:

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

Additionally, the criteria allocate 10 additional points to individuals with specific regional education or work experience (as opposed to the previous allocation for one year of any Canadian experience).

Change 6: Higher wage Ceiling

The final major change to the points criteria was a higher wage ceiling to receive the maximum number of points based on income. There are also 5 additional points available here for applicants (55, previously 50).
Previously an annual salary of $100,000 would guarantee an applicant the maximum number of points in this category, B.C. has adjusted this ceiling to an annual income of $145,000; applicants who previously held a salary of $100,000 now only receive 33 points, as opposed to the old maximum of 50.

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