Province expands PNP Northeast Pilot Project for additional year

first_imgIn April 2012, the B.C. government launched a two-year pilot project to expand the types of workers eligible for the PNP in the northeast region only.What makes this pilot project particularly unique to our region is that in all other parts of the province, the PNP only applies to those in the hospitality industry, but in the northeast, it applies to every sector across the board, such as retail and construction,“We would be in desperate shape if we didn’t have the ability in the Fort St. John region to compliment our Canadian workers with additional foreign workers,” concludes Bannerman. The pilot project was set to expire on March 31, 2015 but is available for an additional year.“Our intention is that we want to make this a permanent program as we move further along, and we know that the northwest, as they start developing some of the LNG projects and that sort of thing, they’re going to run into the same kind of critical employment problems we have in the northeast,” explains Pimm.Owner of the Fort St. John Canadian Tire Ross Bannerman is welcoming the news with open arms.- Advertisement -“In an area like Fort St. John, we always struggle to find the workers we need to properly staff our store and serve our customers,” says Bannerman. “The ability to hire and bring in Temporary Foreign Workers gives us the ability to top up and at least get us close to where we need to be for employment.”“We never stop hiring our Canadian workers.”The PNP is a program offering accelerated immigration to foreign workers and entrepreneurs who intend to live permanently in B.C. while already demonstrating the ability to become economically established and contribute significantly to the provincial economy.Advertisementlast_img

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