BC PNP Program

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 an overview of the intake process to request an exploratory visit as part of your application. All applicants must cross-reference with BC PNP program requirements.

About the BC PNP Pilot Program

How to apply

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
    1. A completed version of this PDF application form
    2. Resume
    3. IELTS or Test score equivalent documentation
    4. Scan of a government issued ID with photo & full name visible.

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.

BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot Inquiry Form

Which industry sub-sector will your business qualify for?
(You can complete the online self-scoring process here: https://www.pnpapplication.gov.bc.ca/user/sign-in)
Please indicate you are also including the following items:
Are you using the services of a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant?
(Regulated consultants are listed in this database: www.iccrc-crcic.ca)
Are you also applying to any other immigration streams?
Important Information:
Please complete this form and submit it, along with the required supporting documents to economicdevelopment@penticton.ca

Please note: Applications with business ideas outside the three identified priority industry sub- sectors will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received. A response will be issued within 14 days of receiving the completed application.

If selected for an exploratory site visit, the applicant must be present for the site visit. Further details about this process are available here.

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