BCPNP Appendix 3: employer requirements

General requirements

Employers must:

  • be established in B.C.
  • meet domestic labour market recruitment requirements
  • offer full-time, indeterminate (permanent or with no set end date) employment
    • BC PNP Tech applicants in eligible tech occupations may have a one-year, full-time job offer
  • offer a wage in line with industry standards
  • complete and sign the Employer Declaration Form
  • Valid Business Licence
  • provide a signed job offer
  • submit supporting documents about your business
    • a recommendation letter
    • a detailed job description
    • company information
    • a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation
    • a copy of the municipal business licence
  • Minimum Number of Years in Operation in British Columbia
    • employer must have operated in B.C. for at least one year (two years if you are registering under the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (ELSS) category).
  • Minimum Number of Full-Time Employees in British Columbia
    • within the Metro Vancouver Regional District: at least five indeterminate, full-time employees (or full-time equivalents) within B.C.
    • outside of the Metro Vancouver Regional District: at least three indeterminate, full-time employees (or full-time equivalents) within B.C.
  • follow local laws and regulations
  • Make Genuine Efforts to Recruit Locally
    • Recruitment advertisements: recruitment advertisements must be posted for at least 14 days and must meet the requirements.
  • Genuine Need for the Position



As an employer supporting an application to the BC PNP, you have a responsibility to:

  • notify the BC PNP if there are any changes in your employee’s status. Changes includes:
    • demotions
    • terminations
    • layoffs
    • extended leaves (e.g. maternity leave, extended sick leave, etc.)
    • delayed start dates
    • closure of the supporting employer’s business
    • change of business ownership
  • ensure the information you provide is truthful, complete and correct.

If it is determined that you misrepresented information and/or documentation, the BC PNP may refuse to accept an application supported by your business for up to two years.