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The BCPNP has modified its points system to reflect NOC changes and importance of human capital factors.

Essentially, the points system (used in Express Entry-managed programs to assess applicants’ eligibility for permanent residence) has changed as follows:

  • Points have been removed for National Occupation Class (NOC) skill levels. The NOC system is Canada’s main way of classifying jobs, and has recently moved to a TEER classification.
  • As a result, the number of points assigned to human capital (skills, experience education and competencies of the individual) and economic factors (job offer, income, district of employment) of applicants has increased;
  • Additional points have been added for professional designations and language proficiency in both English and French;
  • Points have been added for previous experience working or studying outside of metropolitan Vancouver.

 These changes (still divided between human capital and economic factors) are reflected in the new table for points allocation:

  Scoring Selections Previously Max Points Present Max Points
Human Capital Factors Directly Related Work Experience 40 60
Highest Level of Education 25 40
Language Proficiency (English or French) 30 40
Economic Factors Hourly Wage of the B.C. Job Offer 50 55
Area within B.C. 10 25
Total Points Available 155 220


Change #1: No points according to NOC of Job Offer :

One of the most notable changes in the new points allocation system is the removal of points based on an applicant’s NOC skill level. Prior to now, these points were valued based on the NOC, but now they are based on both human capital and economic factors.

 Change #2: Re-allocation of points :

Pursuant to the removal of points for NOC code of job offer, every other human capital or economic factor has been given an increased weightage:

 Change #3: Points for eligible professional designations :

Additionally, five points can be awarded to eligible professional designations held by an applicant as part of the points allocation for economic factors. BCPNP program guide page 56 mentions specific professions as well as any valid trade certificate from Skilled Trades BC or Industry Training Authority British Columbia (ITABC).

 Change #4: CLB Language benchmark of 9 now receives a full score, ability in both French and English recognized :

Rather than the previous 10 points, the maximum score for language ability (30 points) can now be achieved with a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 9. Additionally, applicants who possess both English and French will receive an additional 10 points.

Change #5: Readjusted weighting for location in British Columbia :

Previously, select locations outside of Vancouver would receive a tiered number of points, the current scoring criteria allocates points based on the following:

  • 0 points for employment in the metro Vancouver district;
  • 5 points for employment in the Squamish, Abbotsford, Agassiz, Mission, and Chilliwack districts; and
  • 15 points, for any area in B.C. not already mentioned.

 Individuals with specific regional education or work experience receive 10 additional points (as opposed to one year of any Canadian work experience previously).

Change #6: Higher wage ceiling :

Last but not least, the points criteria were revised to have a higher wage ceiling to qualify for the maximum number of points based on income. Applicants can now receive 5 additional points (55, previously 50).

 This ceiling has been adjusted to $145,000, instead of $100,000, which guaranteed applicants the maximum number of points in this category previously. As opposed to the old maximum of 50 points, applicants with a salary of $100,000 now receive 33 points, rather than 50 points.

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