Port Alberni is excited to be participating in the regional pilot of the BC Provincial Nominee Program. The program is designed for international entrepreneurs to establish a business in regional communities like ours. By doing so, investment is encouraged outside major urban centers and the individual economic needs of the community can be met.  

Unprecedented opportunity.

Base Category Requirements

If you want to immigrate to Port Alberni and are ready to invest in and actively manage a valid business in the city, you may qualify for the Entrepreneur Immigration - Base Category. 

Personal Requirements

  • Have a personal net worth of at least CAD$600,000
  • Demonstrate business and/or management experience
  • Have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada
  • Have basic English or French language proficiency equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 or higher

Business, Job & Investment Requirements

  • Establish an eligible new business or purchase and improve an existing business
  • Make an eligible personal investment of at least CAD$200,000 in the business
  • Create at least one new full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in the business

Apply to Port Alberni for the Regional Pilot

Before considering the Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot, you should familiarize yourself with the program criteria and check your eligibility. Please refer to the Regional Pilot webpage and the Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot Program Guide for more information, including details on ineligible businesses.

6-Step Process for Applications


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