Effective November 16, 2023, 25 construction occupations will be prioritized through the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). This prioritization supports the Province’s Homes for People action plan, which aims to meet BC’s demand for residential housing and infrastructure over the next five years.
Targeted invitations to apply will be issued to workers in select construction occupations who also have a valid BC trades qualification. This requirement will ensure that construction workers nominated by the BC PNP are ready to contribute immediately to BC’s labour market.
Valid BC trades qualifications include a trades certificate issued by SkilledTradesBC or an apprenticeship registered with SkilledTradesBC.
Priority construction occupations:
22114 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
72102 Sheet metal workers
72104 Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
72106 Welders and related machine operators
72200 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
72201 Industrial electricians
72301 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
72302 Gas fitters
72400 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
72401 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
72402 Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
72500 Crane operators
73100 Concrete finishers
73102 Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
73110 Roofers and shinglers
73112 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
73113 Floor covering installers