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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



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