BC PNP Health Authority Stream [2024]

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The Health Authority stream is a part of the BC PNP’s Skilled Worker category, specifically tailored for individuals with job offers from public health authorities in British Columbia. This stream aims to facilitate the immigration process for healthcare professionals, ensuring that the province’s healthcare system remains strong and capable of meeting the needs of its residents.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the BC PNP Health Authority stream, applicants must meet several key criteria:

  1. Job Offer: Applicants must have a valid, indeterminate, full-time job offer from a public health authority in British Columbia. The job can be in any occupation and at any NOC TEER category. Employees of B.C. public health authorities must have a direct employment offer from one of the following: [Website references in the section below]
    • Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)
    • First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
    • Fraser Health
    • Interior Health
    • Island Health
    • Northern Health
    • Vancouver Coastal Health
    • Providence Health Care
  2. Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Midwives: These professionals, even if not directly employed by a B.C. public health authority, can be eligible if they have a recommendation letter from the health authority or midwife practice group confirming their qualifications and work details.
  3. Education and Qualifications: Applicants must meet the education, training, experience, and qualifications outlined by the public health authority.
  4. Language Proficiency: If the job offer is at NOC Skill Level B, applicants must prove English or French proficiency at CLB 4 or higher. This requirement is waived for NOC Skill Levels 0, 1, 2, and 3.
  5. Express Entry BC (EEBC) Option: To use the EEBC option, applicants must have a valid IRCC Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code, indicating they meet the eligibility criteria for one of the federal economic immigration programs subject to IRCC’s Express Entry system. Only occupations classified under NOC TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 are eligible for consideration under the EEBC option.

Benefits of the Health Authority Stream

The BC PNP Health Authority stream offers several advantages for healthcare professionals looking to immigrate to British Columbia:

  1. Priority Processing: Applications under this stream are given priority processing, expediting the immigration process for qualified healthcare workers.
  2. Job Security: A valid job offer from a public health authority provides job security and stability, ensuring that applicants have a clear employment path upon arrival.
  3. Permanent Residency: Successful applicants receive a provincial nomination, which significantly boosts their chances of obtaining Canadian permanent residency through the federal Express Entry system.
  4. Supportive Community: British Columbia is known for its welcoming and diverse communities. Healthcare professionals can benefit from strong support networks and access to resources that facilitate their integration into Canadian society.
  5. No Express Entry Profile Required: While not mandatory, applying through Express Entry can lead to faster processing.
  6. No LMIA Required: Job offers under this stream do not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
  7. 600 CRS Points: If nominated through Express Entry, candidates receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, virtually guaranteeing an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence.

Application Process

The application process for the BC PNP Health Authority stream involves several steps:

  1. Direct Application: Unlike other BC PNP streams, candidates do not need to register first. They can apply directly to the BC PNP if they meet the eligibility requirements.
  2. Application Submission: Submit your application through the BC PNP online system, including all required documents such as job offer letters, recommendation letters (if applicable), educational credentials, and language test results.
  3. Provincial Nomination: If the application is approved, candidates receive a provincial nomination, which they can use to apply for permanent residency through the federal Express Entry system.
  4. Permanent Residency Application: With a provincial nomination, candidates can apply for permanent residency through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The nomination adds 600 points to their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, virtually guaranteeing an invitation to apply for permanent residency.

BC Public Health Authorities

Public health authorities in British Columbia play a crucial role in governing, planning, and delivering healthcare services. Here are the main health authorities with their respective website links:

  1. Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)
  2. Fraser Health
  3. Interior Health
  4. Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority)
  5. Northern Health
  6. Vancouver Coastal Health
  7. First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
  8. Providence Health Care

The Provincial Health Services Authority oversees province-wide health services, while the five regional health authorities manage health services within their specific regions. The First Nations Health Authority is dedicated to improving health outcomes for First Nations people in British Columbia.


The BC PNP Health Authority stream provides a streamlined pathway for healthcare professionals to obtain permanent residence in Canada, addressing the province’s healthcare needs while providing opportunities for skilled workers in the sector. By meeting the eligibility criteria and navigating the application process, qualified candidates can take advantage of this opportunity to build a rewarding career and life in one of Canada’s most beautiful and dynamic provinces. If you’re a healthcare professional looking to make a difference, the BC PNP Health Authority stream could be your gateway to a bright future in British Columbia.

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