BC PNP Health Occupations Category

The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Healthcare Occupations category is an economic immigration program that allows the province to select economic immigrants who will live in B.C. and help fill job vacancies in the healthcare sector.

Eligibility for BC PNP Healthcare Stream

Following categories of healthcare professionals can apply under this category:

  1. Direct Employees of Provincial Health Authorities: These are individuals directly employed by a provincial health authority. They must have a valid job offer for full-time, indeterminate employment from a BC public health authority. The Health Authority stream gives these individuals a permanent residence pathway.
  2. Other Workers: These include healthcare professionals who are not directly employed by a provincial health authority but are still critical to the healthcare sector. They may be employed in private practices, clinics, or other healthcare facilities.
  3. Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Midwives: These healthcare professionals may also qualify for the BC PNP Healthcare Stream. Even if they are not direct employees of a provincial health authority, they can still apply under the Health Authority stream if they have a valid job offer.

Priority Healthcare Occupations

The Priority Healthcare Occupations in the BC PNP program are in high demand in the healthcare sector in British Columbia. These occupations are prioritized to support B.C.’s care economy. Here is a list of some of these priority occupations:

Managers in health care300100
Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine311001
Specialists in surgery311011
General practitioners and family physicians311021
Audiologists and speech-language pathologists311121
Dietitians and nutritionists311211
Occupational therapists312031
Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment312041
Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating312091
Nursing coordinators and supervisors313001
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses313011
Nurse practitioners313021
Physician assistants, midwives, and allied health professionals313031
Licensed practical nurses321012
Paramedical occupations321022
Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists, and cardiopulmonary technologists321032
Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment321092
Dental hygienists and dental therapists321112
Dental technologists and technicians321122
Medical laboratory technologists321202
Medical radiation technologists321212
Medical sonographers321222
Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists321232
Pharmacy technicians321242
Other medical technologists and technicians321292
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists322002
Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants331003
Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations331013
Nurse aides331023

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Benefits of Working in B.C.’s Healthcare System

  1. Competitive Compensation: British Columbia’s publicly funded health authorities offer comprehensive compensation packages for regular-status employees.
  2. Wages: As of January 18th, 2024, the wages for nursing jobs range from $40.21 – 57.78 per hour.
  3. Paid Vacation Time: Employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation per year, after the first year of employment.
  4. Pension Plan: Employees are provided with a pension plan.
  5. Healthcare Coverage: Employees are covered under the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP), extended health care, and dental coverage.
  6. Insurance: Life insurance, short-term, and long-term disability coverage are provided.
  7. Training and Education: The health workforce strategy includes adding new education and training seats, which can help healthcare professionals advance their skills and qualifications.
  8. Healthy Workplaces: The strategy aims to foster healthy, safe, and inspired workplaces, supporting workforce health and wellness.
  9. Diversity and Inclusion: There’s a focus on embedding reconciliation, diversity, inclusion, and cultural safety in the healthcare system.
  10. Recruitment and Retention: The strategy includes actions to improve retention and to optimize the system to help with workload.
  11. Health Career Access Program: This program offers rewarding and varied work with the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives every day.

Apply for BC PNP Healthcare Stream

Immigrate to Canada as a physician, midwife, or nurse practitioner through the BC PNP Healthcare Stream.