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BCSIS Virtual Information SessionBritish Columbia ProvincialNominee Program (BC PNP) –Program and Policy Updates

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

In this Virtual Information Session, BCSIS Service Providers will receive up-to-dateinformation about the B.C. Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) from programrepresentatives from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and theprovincial Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

BC PNP is an economic immigration program that enables the province to directly selectprospective immigrants to help address B.C.’s labour market needs and contribute to itseconomic development. The program is administered by the Government of British Columbia,in partnership with the Government of Canada through IRCC.

In this session, Service Providers will receive a comprehensive overview of the BC PNP,including changes to the Skills Immigration category and updates related to NOC 2021.Presentations will include information on the expansion of the Health Authority stream andPathways to Permanent Residents – Express Entry.

There will be an opportunity for attendees to participate in a Q&A with the speakers

Event Details and Registration

Date: Friday, February 3, 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PST
Location: Zoom Webinar –
Event details will be emailed immediately after registration

Janet Fan
Outreach Officer Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship CanadaGovernment of Canada

Janet Fan is an Outreach Officer with Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada in British Columbia. In her role, Janet assists stakeholders in navigating federal economic immigration programs.

Aun Jaffery
Program Advisor

B.C. Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Ministry ofMunicipal AffairsGovernment of British Columbia

Originally from Pakistan, Aun Jaffery has lived on the east coast inHalifax and Toronto before becoming a resident of beautiful British Columbia.

He has been a Program Advisor with the B.C. Provincial NomineeProgram since 2014, and has worked in the provincial immigrationfield for over 10 years. Aun has also worked in various policy andresearch roles with government and non-profit organizations.
Aun holds a Masters of Public Administration Degree fromDalhousie University.Andrew Kemp
Engagement Specialist
B.C. Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)Ministry of Municipal AffairsGovernment of British Columbia
Andrew Kemp is the Engagement Specialist for the BritishColumbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). In his role, Andrew is responsible for supporting and building alliances with program stakeholders, promoting and marketing BC PNP and supporting new program development.

Send an email to Marta Stefanska at


February 3
10:00 am - 11:30 am



Ongoing Community Events/Programs

Library Champion Project
NewToBC (Register here)

Self-care and Wellness Workshop
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
May 26, 2023

YES2 PROGRAM – Youth Employment Support Services
May 29, 2023

Understanding Real Estate Tax
June 22, 2023

Family Class Sponsorship
June 22, 2023

Sing & Grow Creekside Baby Toddler Time
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
April 14 to June 16, 2023

MPNH Positive Parenting
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
June 1 to June 29, 2023

Virtual REACH – Virtual Remote Employment and Career Help
Douglas College
Starting April 21st, 2023

Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
April 18 to May 23, 2023

Family Programs
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Spring 2023

Youth Works – Connecting Youth and Work
Boys & Girls Club of South Coast BC
April 17, 2023 – for 10 weeks

YWCA Afghan Women’s Employment 
YWCA Metro Vancouver
January 2022 – Ongoing Intake

YWCA Single Mothers’ Support Groups
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
September 2022 onwards

Douglas College

Youth Employment Support Service (YES²) Program
Progressive Intercultural Community Services

Job Search & Personal Development Workshops For Newcomers With Disabilities
Progressive Intercultural Community Services

Employment Support for Youth Newcomers
Progressive Intercultural Community Services

H.E.A.L Employment Program
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

E-Connect for Temporary Foreign Workers in BC

S.A.H.A.R.A Program
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

LEADS Program
WorkBC Vancouver Midtown

12 Steps Addiction Recovery
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services
Thursdays- Online

Women Self-Defense
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services
Fridays 9:30 – 11:30 am

Addiction & Mental Health Recovery
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services
Sundays 7:30 pm

ASPIRE Toastmasters Club
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services
Tuesdays 7 pm

Daily Food Distribution
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services
Everyday 5:30 pm

Saturday Youth Leadership Program
Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House
Saturdays 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm