Health and Early Childhood Educator Occupations Targeted In British Columbia PNP Changes

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Canada immigration news: British Columbia is targeting labour market shortages in health and early childhood educator occupations with a slew of changes to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

The changes announced on March 10, 2022, include a new list of priority occupations for the BC PNP and a new policy of targeting occupations through periodic draws.

“We’re taking steps to ensure the Provincial Nominee Program is meeting the needs of British Columbians today and into the future,” said Nathan Cullen, Minister of Municipal Affairs. 

“By placing a greater focus on skilled workers in the care economy, we’re helping attract talent from around the world committed to delivering the essential services we all rely on.”


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In a further change, healthcare assistants and dental assistants have been added as eligible occupations to the province’s Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category.

The province has also announced its Heath Care Professional category will change to a Health Authority category, which is open to all health authority occupations.

Meanwhile, under the province’s Skilled Worker category, the requirement of two years of directly-related experience is replaced with two years of skilled experience.

BC PNP: New Targeted Healthcare Occupations

  • 0311   Managers in healthcare
  • 3011   Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
  • 3012   Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • 3111   Specialist physicians
  • 3112   General practitioners and family physicians
  • 3113   Dentists
  • 3122   Chiropractors
  • 3124   Allied primary health practitioners
  • 3125   Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
  • 3131   Pharmacists
  • 3132   Dietitians and nutritionists
  • 3141   Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • 3142   Physiotherapists
  • 3143   Occupational therapists
  • 3144   Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
  • 3211   Medical laboratory technologists
  • 3212   Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
  • 3214   Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • 3215   Medical radiation technologists
  • 3216   Medical sonographers
  • 3217   Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.
  • 3219   Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
  • 3221   Denturists
  • 3222   Dental hygienists and dental therapists
  • 3223   Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
  • 3232   Practitioners of natural healing
  • 3233   Licensed practical nurses
  • 3234   Paramedical occupations
  • 3237   Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
  • 3411   Dental assistants
  • 3413   Only health care assistants or health care aides
  • 4151   Psychologists
  • 4152   Social workers
  • 4153   Family, marriage and other related counsellors
  • 4212   Social and community service workers

BC PNP: New Targeted Childcare Occupations

  • 4214   Early Childhood Educators
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