Squamish Economic Development
Immigration Programs

Immigrate to Squamish

Are you planning to immigrate to BC? Here is a range of programs for entrepreneurs and skilled workers offered by the Provincial and Federal Governments. Please note that the intake of new registrations to the BC PNP - EI Base Program, and the Squamish BC PNP - EI Regional Pilot program, is currently paused.

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Find out about entrepreneur and skilled worker immigration programs below.
Express Entry Programs

Federal Express Entry programs are intended for skilled immigrants who want to settle in Canada permanently and take part in our economy.

Federal Express Entry Programs

Start-up Visa Program

This visa targets entrepreneurs with skills and potential to build businesses that are innovative, create jobs for Canadians and can compete globally.

Federal Start-up Visa Program

Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

This Pilot is aimed at experienced, non-seasonal agri-foods workers within specific industries/occupations.

Federal Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

BC PNP - Express Entry

The BC stream connects to the federal Express Entry system. It’s a faster way for eligible skilled workers to gain permanent residence in BC.

BC PNP - Express Entry

BC PNP - Skills Immigration

The Skills Immigration stream of the BC PNP is for people with the skills, experience and qualifications needed by BC employers.

BC PNP - Skills Immigration


This stream is a path to immigrate to Canada and settle in BC for experienced entrepreneurs who can support innovation and economic growth in the prov...

BC PNP - Entrepreneur Immigration

BC PNP - EI Regional Pilot

The EI Regional Pilot program is currently paused in Squamish. The program creates a partnership between communities and the provincial government to ...

BC PNP - EI Regional Pilot


The Tech Pilot offers an expedited immigration pathway for people with tech skills applying to be permanent Canadian residents.


Intake Paused: Squamish BC PNP EI Regional Pilot and BC PNP Base programs

Thank you for your interest in immigrating to B.C. to establish a business in Squamish. The intake for Squamish's Entrepreneur Immigration - Regional Pilot program was paused in December 2020.

The Entrepreneur Immigration PNP Base program was paused on July 19, 2021. The temporary pause to the EI Base Program does not affect individuals who have already submitted a registration or application. However, registrations have an expiry date. Should a registration expire without having received an invitation to apply, a new registration cannot be submitted during this paused pause. 

WelcomeBC will post an update in early 2022 to notify people when registrations for the EI PNP Base program will likely resume. 

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