For full details about these programs please refer to the BC Provincial Government website for the PNP Programs.
The Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Organization (SCREDO) is the sole authority responsible for providing referral letters to the BC PNP Regional Pilot Program for the Sunshine Coast Regional District, Gibsons, and Sechelt. Please refrain from contacting local government directly, they will simply send you back here.
There are numerous strategic plans and vision documents for the various towns and areas of the Sunshine Coast. These documents will give you a high- level view of what types of businesses and developments are desired on the coast. This website (investsunshinecoast.ca) provides a wealth of information about zoning, taxes, utilities, labour market information and much more. Consulting these resources will help you plan your investment on the Sunshine Coast.
If you intend to apply via the “BC PNP: Regional Pilot”, then your planned business must be within one of the NAICS codes listed below. This ONLY applies to the ‘Regional Pilot’ program. If you are intending to apply to the regular “BC PNP: Entrepreneur Immigration” program, you are not restricted to these industries.
Identification of Approved Sectors does not mean there are gaps in services or supply; these are sectors that match community values and economic structure. For most businesses, you are entering a competitive market.
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541 Professional, scientific and tech services
611 Educational services
Additional Code for Sechelt, Gibsons
713 Amusement and recreation industries
Additional Code for Areas A, B, D, E, F
321 Wood product manufacturing
PNP Regional Pilot: Approved Sector Information
Our proximity to Vancouver makes us a suitable location for short-term courses and workshops of all kinds. Especially welcome are providers of customer service, communications, and leadership training. There are a number of hotels and other venues to partner with.
The Sunshine Coast has many opportunities for outdoor recreational enterprises and a large urban market for them nearby. Enterprises that cater to off-shore markets are encouraged. Education is a viable component of amusement and recreation. Our tourism organization has identified a demand for ‘adventure tourism’: facilities such as zip lines, canopy tours, sailing, hiking/guiding, para-sailing, land and water outfitting.
There is a good supply of a variety of different kinds of timber available on the Sunshine Coast.
This website (http://investsunshinecoast.ca/) contains a wealth of information about all the communities of the Lower Sunshine Coast. This site contains information about government and taxation, utilities and resources, labour market analysis, land use planning, Official Community Plans and other strategic plans. Use the menu at the top of this page as your starting place to research information relevant to the business you would like to start.
NOTE: The applicant must have passed the English language test with the required score prior to submitting the information package. Information packages received without the passing score indicated, will be rejected outright.
After we receive your information package we will inform you within 7-10 business days if we consider the information package complete.
Applicants are advised to consult the 2016 Census for the Sunshine Coast to view population and other statistics. The Sunshine Coast has a population of 30,000. It is too small a market for most businesses, meaning markets will have to be found elsewhere.
If your package is deemed complete and we are interested in your application, we will send the listed contact an invoice for a $500 administrative fee.
This fee is a cost recovery requirement so that we have the resources to respond in a timely manner to the large volume of interest we are receiving and to provide the applicant with the attention they deserve while learning about our community’s business needs. This fee allows us to assign a business analyst to your request who will review your business plan and provide you with feedback and advice to assist you with your research and planning.
The site visit is key part of the application process. It is your opportunity to do primary research about the business you are planning to start and the community your family will reside in.
A referral letter is not required from our community in order to apply to the “PNP Entrepreneur Immigration” program, however it does help. The process for requesting a referral letter for the “PNP Entrepreneur Immigration” program is the same as the process above for the ‘Regional Pilot’.
All of these organizations are already working very closely together on a number of initiatives that support entrepreneurs and our business community. These organizations are all involved in our enrollment into the PNP Regional Pilot Program and are ready to support new entrepreneurs in our community through a process of “active engagement”. We understand that new members of our community may be coming from different cultures and it is not enough to simply open our doors to them, we must specifically contact them and invite them to our events, and to participate in our organizations. For example, the Chambers of Commerce will sponsor memberships for these new business owners and will have a campaign to personally invite these new business owner to their social and professional development events.
The Sunshine Coast is also prepared to help support the family and community needs of these new business owners and their families. The Sunshine Coast Community Services Society operates a “Welcoming Communities” program which provides:
The Community Resources Centre (CRC), operate a Community Information and Referral Service. With their assistance, SCREDO we will provide concierge services for new families assisting every member of the new business owners household to make the connections they need to become locally involved.
The Sunshine Coast is home to four Rotary International services clubs. These Rotary Clubs are ready to actively engage with with these new business owners and SCREDO will sponsor their initial memberships.
All organizations on Team Sunshine Coast are committed to the process of active engagement to specifically and personally invite our new business owners and community members to participate in our society.
We look forward to welcoming new businesses and new community members.
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