Importance of Learning the Healthcare Industry

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program, referred to as BC PNP, was revised for the first time in two years. Some of those changes were made because of the pandemic. 

March 14, 2022 BC PNP Skills Immigration invitations Results

The category of “Tech” 

  •  The number of invitees is 123, and the minimum invitation score is 85 
BCPNP Tech Occupations

* the numbers on the left are the NOC for a specific position

The category of “Early Childhood Education (ECE) (NOC4214)”

  •  The number of invitations is 27, and the minimum invitation score is 85

The category of “Health Care (except Medical Assistant HCA)(NOC 3411)”

  •  There are 21 people invited, and the minimum invitation score is 85

The category of “Health Care Assistant (HCA) (NOC3413)” 

  •  The number of invitations is less than 5, and the minimum invitation score is 63

Due to the urgent need for more health care assistants (HCAs) and early childhood educators (ECEs) in BC, the BC provincial government considers these two occupations the highest priority positions and prioritize applying. 

In other words, if the applicant’s job is in the category of HCA or ECE and already has a full-time job in BC, they will have priority on the BC PNP. According to the BC PNP’s skills immigration invitation result in the past, there are two separate categories, health care assistants/health care aides and dental health care. HCA (63 points) has a lower score than other occupations (85 points).

What is a Health Care Assistant?

A health care assistant is a professional option that attracts many international students to apply before applying for their permanent resident cards. Fortunately, students can obtain specific qualifications at VCC, a public college in BC.


A Quick Look at VCC

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is located in Downtown Vancouver and is the largest and oldest government-recognized public community college. They have about 15,000 students enrolled each year and offer various courses, including certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees, and postgraduate diplomas.


Health Care Assistant Diploma

VCC’s HCA Diploma program is designed for students who already have related academic or experiential backgrounds in health care to develop their careers in Canada. It also allows students interested in engaging in the medical industry but do not have any health care background.

Health Care assistants are members of teams who provide personal care in various health care settings, including hospital-oriented acute care, home care, and community center.

The Health Care Assistant Diploma is a 2-year program that equips students with knowledge and skills related to nursing. In addition to VCC’s on-campus laboratory practice, the program includes 330 hours of clinical practice and 90 hours of community service to prepare students for employment.

After graduation, students are eligible for a three-year post-study work visa and have the opportunity to enroll in a 600-hour work internship.


Career Path

The health care and social assistance industry provides diagnosis, treatment, and inpatient care for medical reasons and social assistance. Health care facilities include hospitals and clinics, ambulances, nursing homes, or nursing homes. According to the latest 2021 version of BC Work Outlook, jobs related to health care will be in high-demand occupations in the next ten years.

Career Options

  • Health Care Assistant ($25.83 per hour)
  • Health Care Aide ($25.83 per hour)
  • Resident Care Aide ($25.83 per hour)
  • Care Aide ($25.83 per hour)
  • Group Home Care Aide ($23.27 per hour)
  • Home Care Aide ($21 – $25 per hour)

Application Requirements

  • Graduated from high school
  • 18 years or older

English Requirements

  • IELTS Academic A 6.0
    • (no less than 6.0 in listening and speaking and no less than 5.5 in reading and writing)


  • TOEFL iBT 76
    • (no less than 20 in listening and speaking and no less than 18 in reading and writing), or
  • English 10 with C

*Duolingo scores are not accepted

Additional Requirements

  • Criminal Record Check
  • VCC Language Proficiency Declaration Form

Enrollment Date

  • January

BC PNP Invitations
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BC PNP  Tech Occupations

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