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 currently Squamish intake for the BC PNP - EI Regional Pilot program is 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

This pilot creates a partnership between communities and the provincial government to attract, recruit, select and integrate foreign entrepreneurs.

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

Thank you for your interest in Squamish and the B.C. PNP EI Regional Pilot.

The District of Squamish is pausing intake for the EI-Regional Pilot effective January 1, 2020. Applications that are currently in process will not be impacted; we will contact you if we need more information. Any applications received on or after January 1, 2020 or later will not be considered at this time.

Entrepreneurs interested in immigrating to B.C. to establish a business in Squamish may wish to consider the EI-Base category. For more information about the BC PNP’s Entrepreneur Immigration categories, please visit the WelcomeBC website.

We will provide an update at the end of December 2020 so please refer back to this website or the Economic Development newsletter for an update on Squamish and the BC PNP EI-Regional Pilot. 

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