July 8th, 2020 – Update on BC PNP for Candidates
In response to updates to the Employment Standards Act, the BC PNP has increased the layoff time allowed to 24 weeks, or August 30, whichever comes first.
Instead of a maximum of 16 weeks as before, you can put your application on hold or be off work for up to 6 months instead of 4 months without having to withdraw your application or registration.
Kindly note that if you voluntarily leave your job, or were terminated with cause, your previous work will not count towards the 9-month requirement
May 12th, 2020 – Update on BC PNP Guidelines due to COVID-19
The BC PNP has provided an update on their Employment Status guidelines due to the COVID-19 situation.
In short, you must meet the program requirements at the time of registration, and when you apply.
Registration and Applications:
If you have a Material Change in Employment before registration or application, you should wait to complete your registration or application.
Material changes in employment status may include:
- Terminations without cause
- Recall to the same position/same employer
- New job offer with a new employer
- Reduced hours of work to less than full-time (less than 30 hours per week)
- Reduction in salary that would result in failing to meet minimum/prevailing wage for the occupation
- Reduction in income that would result in failing to meet the minimum income threshold
If you have applied and experience a Material Change in Employment, you may request that your application be put on hold for up to 16 weeks from the date the change occurred. You must also inform the BC PNP immediately.
If you experience a Material Change in Employment before or at the time of receiving an invitation to apply or when submitting your application, you should not apply. You may request that your application be put on hold for 16 weeks from the date of the change, as long as your employment is with the same employer and in the same position.
If you experience the change after you receive an Invitation, you may still submit your application, but you should request a hold on the application until you are working again, provided it is within the 16-week time-frame.
You and your employer must inform the BC PNP of any changes to your employment. You may accept financial support from the government during this time, but you still must maintain the conditions of your nomination.
Entry-level applicants (ELSS):
Registration – As long as your layoff does not exceed 16 weeks, you can count the work completed before and after this layoff as continuous.
Invitation – If you are laid-off at the time you receive an invitation, you should decline.
Application – If you are laid-off during the processing time, before your application was finalized, you can request that your application be put on hold for up to 16 weeks. If you are laid off for more than 16 weeks, you should withdraw your application.
If you voluntarily leave your job, or were terminated with cause, your previous work will not count towards the 9-month requirement.
If you experience a Material Change in Employment during your registration or invitation, you may resubmit your registration when you meet requirements again, provided that your original registration was within the 3-year timeline since graduation to apply.
Find more information about COVID-19 BC PNP Updates here
Addendum to the program guide: Changes due to Covid-19