BC PNP Program

BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Pilot: Penticton Intake Process

Penticton is enthusiastic about the opportunity the BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Pilot offers for pairing international entrepreneurs with our Community priorities. The City of Penticton Economic Development Department is partnering with the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services Society to support this program. This page will provide you with the overview of the intake process to request an exploratory visit as part of your application for the immigration pilot. All applicants must cross-reference with BC PNP program requirements.

About the BC PNP Pilot Program:

The BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration stream is for experienced entrepreneurs who are ready to invest in and actively manage a business in B.C. While there are two other immigration streams in the BC PNP portfolio, this pilot is intended to attract entrepreneurs to participating regional communities to establish new businesses that align with the communities’ economic development priorities. Important and detailed information is available on the BC PNP website.

Our Intake Process

The Penticton pilot will only accept applications for business startups in the following sectors:

  1. Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  2. Food Manufacturing
  3. Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing

(click on the links above to see what sub-sectors are included)

Applications with business ideas outside these three sectors will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received.

If selected for an exploratory site visit, the applicant must be present for the site visit. Verification documents may be requested prior to qualifying for a site visit. Please note: potential applicants for the regional pilot must qualify through the  official intake process for a site visit meeting to be granted. If an applicant is working with an agent to apply for the program, the agen must be listed as a current Regulated Immigration Consultant: https://iccrc-crcic.ca/

Exploratory visits will be hosted only on the last Friday of each month and only by invitation, as per the information above.

Interested in applying to start your business in Penticton? Here's what to do:

  1. Ensure you meet the eligibility requirements identified by the BC PNP program
  2. Ensure your business idea matches with Penticton's 3 priority industry sectors defined above
  3. Please provide the following details in an email to economicdevelopment@penticton.ca:

If you are approved to proceed through the process, you will be invited to schedule an exploratory visit to Penticton on one of our monthly meeting dates. These meetings give you an opportunity to meet directly with Community representatives and then join a group community orientation session afterwards to learn more about where to tour around Penticton. We encourage you to make the most of your time here by staying a couple of days and getting to know the region, business people and community amenities.

Once you conduct your exploratory visit, and you have decided that Penticton is your community of choice, you may proceed through the BC PNP process. 

We strongly recommend you research Penticton's community profile and opportunities as you consider starting your business here. We have lots of great research and resources available for you on this webpage.