BC PNP Construction Category

BC PNP Construction Category is specially tailored for skilled and, in some cases, semi-skilled workers in the construction industry to receive permanent residence status in British Columbia. The category is specifically designed to address the labour shortage in the construction industry within the province.

The construction industry is one of the primary driving forces behind the province’s economic development, generating substantial revenue and employment for both immigrants and citizens of the province. With the gradual development of various industries, construction projects, both residential and commercial, have contributed heavily to economic growth and stability.

Moreover, the province’s construction sector is directly related to the housing market, and many ancillary industries have emerged which generate employment for a diverse workforce. The demand for residential properties is always high in the province, especially in urban centres like Vancouver and Victoria.

Moreover, the industry has ample opportunities as it increasingly embraces new technology and sustainable efforts. The new construction projects align with the province’s goals for sustainable development; thus, energy-efficient designs, environment-friendly materials and other sustainable efforts are encouraged and researched.

Who is eligible for BC PNP Construction Category?

The eligibility criteria for the BC PNP Construction Category may vary depending on the occupation or the pathway within the category. Here are some general eligibility criteria:

  • Work Experience: If you plan to apply for the BC PNP construction category, you must demonstrate relevant work experience in your domain. The duration of your experience may depend on the stream within the construction category.
  • Job Offer: You must have a full-time, indeterminate job offer.
  • Trade Certification: You must have a valid trade certificate issued or registered with SkilledTradesBC. Moreover, your trade certificate must be relevant to the job you have been offered.
  • Education: The educational requirements may vary, but you must demonstrate a relevant certificate, diploma or degree in a construction-related field.
  • Intent to stay: To show a genuine intent to stay permanently in the province, you must show relevant ties to the province, such as a job offer, a detailed settlement plan, close relative stays in the province, etc. 
  • Settlement Funds: You must show adequate settlement funds in the form of cash, bank deposits and other liquid assets.

BC PNP Construction Occupations in Demand

The construction industry in British Columbia encompasses a wide range of occupations, including skilled trades, semi-skilled jobs, technical roles, and professional positions. The industry is growing fast and BC PNP construction jobs are offered to deserving candidates in the province.

TEER CategoryOccupation Title
22114Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
72102Sheet metal workers
72103Boilermakers
72104Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
72105Ironworkers
72106Welders and related machine operators
72200Electricians (except industrial and power system)
72201Industrial electricians
72300Plumbers
72301Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
72302Gas fitters
72310Carpenters
72311Cabinetmakers
72320Bricklayers
72400Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
72401Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
72402Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
72500Crane operators
73100Concrete finishers
73101Tilesetters
73102Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
73110Roofers and shinglers
73111Glaziers
73112Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
73113Floor covering installers

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Benefits of Working in B.C.’s Construction Industry

  1. Competitive Wages: Construction continues to pay, on average, 30% higher than the minimum wage for most entry-level workers, providing above-average wages at the entry level.
  2. Overtime and Year-Round Work: Given the demand for labour and the increase in projects, more workers are getting paid overtime and working all year round.
  3. Training and Career Support: Workers on these projects get training and career support. More employers are providing benefits like subsidized training.
  4. Health and Wellness Services: Benefits like a pension, extended family dental and medical, vital addictions treatment services, and access to mental health and wellness services are provided.
  5. Diversity and Inclusion: The culture is changing, with 84% of employers surveyed implementing diversity policies (up from 64% in 2019). 45% of employers surveyed say their company is more diverse than 3 years ago.
  6. Investment in Technology: Companies are spending more on technology. 66% of employers surveyed say their investment in technology has increased in the past year.
  7. Opportunities for Underrepresented Tradespeople: BC Infrastructure Benefits hires traditionally underrepresented tradespeople to work on some of B.C.’s most significant infrastructure projects.
  8. Equal Pay: 100% of women on Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) projects get paid the same rate as equally qualified men.

Apply for BC PNP Construction Category

Immigrate to Canada as a construction skilled worker through the BC PNP Construction Category.