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BC PNP Pilot

Are you interested in starting a business in Merritt, under the new B.C. Provincial Nominee Program (B.C. PNP) Entrepreneur Immigration Pilot?

Pilot Application Process

Our intake process for the Merritt B.C. PNP program is now open.
Please follow Steps 1-4 and review the information below before filling out the intake form. 

Please note, the City of Merritt will not meet potential applicants or immigration consultants for the regional pilot unless qualified through the official intake process.
The City of Merritt BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Pilot has prioritized business start-ups in the following sectors:
  1. Truck Transportation
  2. Miscellaneous Store Retailers - Due to a large influx of applications the subcategory "NAICS Code #4532: Office supplies, stationery and gift stores Office supplies, stationery and gift stores" has been paused until further notice. The City of Merritt is still considering all other subcategories under the Miscellaneous Store Retailers sector. 
  3. Warehousing and Storage
(click on the links above to see what sub-sectors are included)
Applications with business ideas outside these three sectors will be considered in other programs outside of the BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Pilot.  These include the BC PNP Tech Pilot and the PNP Express Entry Program.  Entrepreneurs wishing to purchase existing businesses across B.C. are able to register under the standard BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Program.  
If selected for a site visit, applicants must be present for the site visit. Verification documents may be requested prior to qualifying for a site visit.
The City of Merritt will review applications once per month in the order that they are received.
Only successful candidates will be contacted for a site visit.  Visit the BC PNP Flowchart for details.
Step 1:  Review the B.C. PNP Pilot Criteria
Read about program requirement on the Province's website to ensure you qualify for the pilot. 
Eligible applicants must meet all the below criteria: 
  • Must be a new business from the three sectors identified above
  • Minimum of $100,000 in eligible business investments
  • Minimum personal net worth of $300,000
  • Minimum of 51% ownership
  • Minimum of 1 new job created
  • Exploratory community visit (invitation only)
Step 2:  Review Our City of Merritt Business Tools and Resources

Supporting and promoting economic growth is a primary community focus for the City of Merritt.  Learn more about the business opportunities available in Merritt and access information on available industrial and commercial land, existing businesses and other useful statistics and facts.

The City of Merritt prides itself on an open-door policy.  We encourage business owners, operators and potential investors to communicate with the City regarding their questions and concerns.

Merritt’s Investment Ready Community Profile has a wealth of information on Merritt and investment opportunities.

For a map of available commercial lots in Merritt please visit

Step 3:  Make Sure Your Business Plan is Ready
Access Free Business Planning Tools  
Community Futures Nicola Valley
Small Business BC
Futurpreneur Canada
Step 4:  Apply for a Exploratory Visit 
After completing Steps 1-4, the City of Merritt invites you to request a site visit hosted by the City of Merritt Economic Development office.  Applications are reviewed monthly by the City of Merritt.  If you are selected for a site visit, you will be notified at the City of Merritt's discretion.  Due to the high volume of applicants, we appreciate your patience at this time.  Please forward completed applications to Will George at  
Step 5:  Regional Pilot - Merritt Community Profile
Refer to the FAQs document for questions about the EI - Regional Pilot.
For more information visit the BC PNP Merritt Community Profile or contact