Top Employers in British Columbia: A Useful List for BC PNP Applicants

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program nominates foreign skilled workers for permanent residence to Canada’s federal immigration authority – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. In order to be authorized to permanently live and work in BC through this pathway, aspirants must register online for a relevant category or ‘stream’ of the BC PNP, and fulfill the relevant eligibility criteria for nomination.

Under most skilled immigration streams, candidates are attributed points based on several selection factors. The highest-scoring registrants are then invited to apply for provincial nomination. The Canada PNP is operated by the local government authority or a province or territory, in collaboration with the federal government. Thus, if nominated, the candidate must apply for permanent residence to IRCC, which is responsible for granting permanent resident status to the immigrant.

In order to qualify for a British Columbia PNP stream, candidates may be required to obtain a valid job offer from an employer in the province. Obtaining an offer of employment is not an easy task. However, knowing which employers to reach out to is a useful starting point, as it allows the job seeker to contact suitable employers – directly or through a recruitment agency – and secure a job offer, thus gaining a major advantage in the process of immigration.

For this purpose, Canada immigration aspirants who are interested in moving to BC should be aware of the organizations that employ the most number of workers in this province. As reported by The Vancouver Sun, the below mentioned businesses feature among the top employers in BC. The list was compiled based on the physical workspace, work and social atmosphere, vacation days and time off, performance management, employee communications, community involvement, training and skill development, financial, health and family benefits.

  • AbeBooks Inc. (Victoria) – Online marketplaces
  • Amazon Canada Fulfilment Services, ULC (Vancouver) – Online marketplaces
  • Aquatic Informatics Inc. (Vancouver) – Water utilities software
  • Arrow Transportation Systems Inc. (Vancouver) – Trucking and logistics
  • BA Blacktop Ltd. (North Vancouver) – Highway and road construction
  • BC Assessment (Victoria) – Property tax authority
  • BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (Vancouver) – Non-profit fundraising body
  • BC Housing Management Commission (Burnaby) – Public housing authority
  • BC Hydro (Vancouver) – Electric utilities
  • BC Pension Corporation (Victoria) – Pension administrators
  • BC Public Service (Victoria) – Provincial government
  • Beedie (Burnaby) – Real estate development
  • Bellin Treasury Services Ltd. (Vancouver) – Treasury management software
  • Best Buy Canada Ltd. (Burnaby) – Retail
  • British Columbia Automobile Association / BCAA (Burnaby) – Member-supported organization
  • British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. / BC Ferries (Victoria) – Marine transportation
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology / BCIT (Burnaby) – Post-secondary education
  • British Columbia Investment Management Corporation / BCI (Victoria) – Asset management
  • British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch (Burnaby) – Liquor retail
  • British Columbia Lottery Corporation / BCLC (Kamloops) – Gambling and gaming operator
  • British Columbia Utilities Commission (Vancouver) – Public utilities regulator
  • Canfor Corporation (Vancouver) – Sawmill
  • CanWel Building Materials Group Ltd. (Vancouver) – Lumber and building materials distributors
  • Capilano University (North Vancouver) – Post-secondary education
  • Capital Regional District, The / CRD (Victoria) – Municipal government
  • Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia / CPABC (Vancouver) – Professional membership organization
  • Clio (Burnaby) – Law practice software
  • Cloudreach Canada Inc. (Burnaby) – Cloud computing services
  • Coast Capital Savings Federal Credit Union (Surrey) – Credit union
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (Vancouver) – Professional membership organizations
  • Copperleaf Technologies Inc. (Vancouver) – Asset management software
  • City of Coquitlam(Coquitlam) – Municipal government
  • Delta Police Department (Delta) – Police services
  • Dentons Canada LLP (Vancouver) – Law firm
  • DLA Piper (Canada) LLP (Vancouver) – Law firm
  • Douglas College (New Westminster) – Post-secondary education
  • DP World (Canada) Inc. (Vancouver) – Ocean freight and shipping
  • ESIT Advanced Solutions Inc. (Victoria) – IT consulting services
  • FinancialCAD Corporation / FINCAD (Surrey) – Derivatives trading software
  • Finning International Inc. (Vancouver) – Machinery and equipment wholesaler
  • Fraser Health Authority (Surrey) – Hospital authority
  • Galvanize (Vancouver) – IT security software
  • Great Little Box Company (Richmond) – Box manufacturing
  • Hemmera, an Ausenco Company (Burnaby) – Environmental consulting
  • Industry Training Authority / ITA (Richmond) – Industry training and certification
  • Insurance Corporation of British Columbia / ICBC (North Vancouver) – Public auto insurance
  • Interfor Corporation (Burnaby) – Sawmill
  • Interior Health Authority (Kelowna) – Hospital authorities
  • iQmetrix (Vancouver) – Retailing software
  • Knight Piésold Ltd. (Vancouver) – Engineering firms
  • Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (Victoria) – Land registration systems
  • Left Technologies Inc. (Maple Ridge) – Custom software development
  • Mitacs Inc. (Vancouver) – Scientific research organization
  • Mott Electric, GP (Burnaby) – Electrical contractor
  • Mott MacDonald (Vancouver) – Engineering firm
  • Mountain Equipment Co-op (Vancouver) – Outdoor clothing and supplies retailer
  • MTU Maintenance Canada Ltd. (Richmond) – Aircraft engine maintenance
  • Nature’s Path Foods, Inc. (Richmond) – Packaged foods
  • Nicola Wealth Management Ltd. (Vancouver) – Investment management
  • Northern Health (Prince George) – Hospital authority
  • Oppenheimer Group (Port Coquitlam) – Fruits and vegetable wholesale
  • Perkins+Will Canada Architects Co. (Vancouver) – Architectural firm
  • Peterson Investments (Canada) Inc. (Vancouver) – Real estate manager and developer
  • Plenty of Fish (Vancouver) – Dating website
  • PNI Digital Media Inc. (Vancouver) – Digital printing
  • Providence Health Care (Vancouver) – Hospital group
  • QHR Technologies (Kelowna) – Medical records software
  • Raymond James Ltd. (Vancouver) – Investment management
  • F. Binnie & Associates Ltd. (Burnaby) – Engineering firm
  • Rocky Mountaineer (Vancouver) – Rail tour operator
  • SAP Canada Inc. (Vancouver) – Enterprise management software
  • Simon Fraser University (Burnaby) – Post-secondary education
  • Somatic HVAC Solutions Ltd. (Vancouver) – Mechanical contractor
  • Sophos Inc. (Vancouver) – IT security
  • SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc. (Vancouver) – Engineering firm
  • George’s School (Vancouver) – Elementary and secondary school
  • Surrey School District No. 36 (Surrey) – Elementary and secondary school
  • Teck Resources Limited (Vancouver) – Mining
  • TELUS Communications Inc. (Vancouver) – Telecommunications
  • ToursByLocals Canada Inc. (Vancouver) – Tour operator
  • TransLink (South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority) (New Westminster) – Public transit
  • Tybo Contracting Ltd. (Langley) – Construction
  • UBC / University of British Columbia (Vancouver) – Post-secondary education
  • University of Northern British Columbia (Prince George) – Post-secondary education
  • University of the Fraser Valley / UFV (Abbotsford) – Post-secondary education
  • Vancouver Airport Authority (Richmond) – Airport operator
  • City of Vancouver (Vancouver) – Municipal government
  • Vancouver Film Studios (Vancouver) – Motion picture studios
  • Vancouver Foundation (Vancouver) – Non-profit foundation
  • Vancouver Island University (Nanaimo) – Post-secondary education
  • Vancouver Police Department (Vancouver) – Police services
  • Victoria Airport Authority (North Saanich) – Airport operator
  • Wesgroup Equipment LP (Surrey) – Machinery and equipment wholesaler
  • West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (Vancouver) – Sawmill
  • WorkSafeBC (Richmond) – Workplace safety commission

 

To enhance the chances of being nominated under the BC PNP, candidates should attempt to identify an employer who can offer them a job for a position that they are qualified for. While possessing a job offer is not always a compulsory eligibility requirement, it can add value to the applicant’s profile, and ultimately increase the probability of obtaining the coveted permanent residence visa.

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