Moving to British Columbia

The BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Stream

The Entrepreneur Immigration Stream of the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) attracts experienced entrepreneurs who can support innovation and economic growth in the province, such as through the expansion of an existing business or establishment of a new business.

The BC PNP Skills Immigration Stream

The Skills Immigration stream of the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is for potential immigrants with the skills, experience, and qualifications needed by B.C. employers.


Starting and Growing a Business

Business Start-Up Assistant provides essential business start-up information from the federal and provincial governments.

OneStop Business Registry offers integrated business registration and business address change services based on the Business Number.

Small Business BC is a key resource centre for business information and services.

Corporate Registry creates and registers business and not-for-profit entities.

Innovation Island Technology Association (IITA) is a regional non-profit partner of the BC Acceleration Network which supports entrepreneurs to start and grow technology companies by providing them with programs and resources they need to succeed.

Export Development Canada (EDC) is a Crown corporation dedicated to helping Canadian companies of all sizes succeed on the world stage. As international risk experts, they equip them with the tools – the trade knowledge, financial solutions, equity, insurance, and connections – to grow businesses with confidence.

Contact: Christopher Theeparajah, Senior Trade Finance Manager – E:  T: 604.678.2257  C : 604 318 2146

Export Navigator helps B.C. businesses diversify and grow by guiding them through the export process. They will connect you with an export advisor who will get to know your business. Free of charge, this advisor will collaborate with you one-on-one to create a realistic growth plan and help you on your export journey.


Securities Regulation & Information

British Columbia Securities Commission is an independent provincial government agency responsible for regulating securities trading in B.C.

InvestRight is British Columbia Securities Commission’s investor education program, providing information and tools to help B.C. investors avoid investment scams and make investment decisions that are appropriate for their individual needs.

Private and Early Stage Businesses provides information from the British Columbia Securities Commission on private and early stage businesses, and what businesses need to know to raise money.


Federal & Provincial Revenue Agencies

Canada Revenue Agency administers tax laws for the Government of Canada and for most provinces and territories.

Ministry of Finance – Revenue Division supports the prosperity of British Columbians through small business growth, effective tax administration and revenue management, and a responsible regulatory system.


Federal Government Agencies & Departments

Business Development Bank of Canada offers financingconsulting services and venture capital.

Industry Canada works with Canadians throughout the economy, and in all parts of the country, to improve conditions for investment, improve Canada’s innovation performance, increase Canada’s share of global trade, and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace.

National Research Canada NRC-IRAP has a long history of providing excellent technical and business advisory services related to research and development, including strategic intelligence and customized solutions to fit your business needs.

Scientific Research & Experimental Development Program (SR&ED) is a federal tax incentive program, administered by the Canada Revenue Agency, that encourages Canadian businesses of all sizes, and in all sectors to conduct research and development in Canada.

Sustainable Development Technology Canada is a not-for-profit foundation that finances and supports the development and demonstration of clean technologies which provide solutions to issues of climate change, clean air, water quality and soil, and which deliver economic, environmental and health benefits to Canadians.

Western Economic Diversification Canada works to strengthen western business development, and community economic development.


Due to COVID-19 event restrictions, we'll revisit this section when we can.

Until then, please find information about B.C.’s response to COVID-19, financial supports and BC’s Restart Plan here.

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