Prince Edward Island

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Prince Edward Island (PEI) is the smallest province in Canada. Despite its size, it is one of the most popular destinations for prospective immigrants due to its wealth of natural beauty, history and Canadian culture.

Prince Edward Island has excellent schools, almost no pollution or traffic, and is home of the historic Charlottetown Conference of 1864 which eventually led to the nation’s formation. In addition to being the birthplace of confederation, the province has an exceptionally high quality of life and is very popular among tourists thanks to its fantastic beaches, top rated golf course and many cultural attractions.

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program expedites immigration to Canada for individuals and their families who meet provincial criteria in support of four initiatives: increased business and economic development, increased supply of skilled workers, increased population and achievement of provincial demographic, social and cultural objectives.

An application can be submitted under these categories:

Prince Edward Island Express Entry

PEI’s Express Entry category operates by considering candidates already in the federal Express Entry Pool for a provincial nomination.

This nomination adds 600 points to a candidate’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and effectively guarantees an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian immigration.

PEI Express Entry: The Process

Candidates for PEI Express Entry must be registered in the federal Express Entry system.
You must meet the requirements of one of the federal economic immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker.
  • Federal Skilled Trades.
  • Canadian Experience Class.

The PEI Express Entry Category features two pathways to Canadian permanent residence: one for candidates with a job offer, and one for those without.
Priority is given to applicants living and working in PEI.

Candidates who meet the above requirements must create a PEI Expression of Interest profile. Your profile is scored against a PEI Expression of Interest points grid and is valid for six months.
Profiles are scored on age, language ability, education, work experience, employment and adaptability, with higher marks for candidates with a job offer.

Invitations to apply are issued to the best scoring candidates via draws which take place monthly. Once invited to apply, a candidate has 60 days to complete and submit a full application.

Candidates invited to apply must complete all federal and provincial application forms and provide supporting documents.

Candidates can submit their application with supporting documents in person or via mail. It must also include the $300 application fee.

Successful applicants are nominated by PEI to the federal government for permanent residence. You will then be invited to apply for permanent residence by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

If your permanent residence application is successful, you can land in PEI. You must report to the Office of Immigration within 30 days of landing.

Prince Edward Island Labour Impact

The Prince Edward Island Labour Impact Category Connects to 2 immigration streams:

  1. PEI Skilled Worker Stream
  2. PEI Critical Worker Stream
Skilled Worker - Requirements

This employer driven stream allows skilled workers with an employment offer in PEI to be nominated for Canadian Permanent residence if they meet the following criteria:

  • A full-time employment offer from a Prince Edward Island business in an occupation classified as skill level “0”, “A” or “B” of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
  • Completion of a post-secondary education, with a minimum of 14 years of formal education.
  • Be 21 to 55 years of age.
  • At least 2 years of full-time work experience in the past 5 years.
  • Sufficient proficiency in English or French to occupy the employment offered.
  • Sufficient settlement funds.
  • Demonstrated intention to settle in Prince Edward Island.
Critical Worker Category - Requirements

This stream is designed to resolve labor shortages and is open to foreign workers already in PEI with employment in specific critical demand occupations. The primary criteria for nomination are:

  • A full time offer of employment from a Prince Edward Island business in one of the following occupations:
    • Truck driver
    • Customer service representative
    • Laborer
    • Food & beverage server
    • Housekeeping attendant
  • 6 months of work experience with the Prince Edward Island business offering employment.
  • Current valid Canadian work permit.
  • High school diploma and minimum of 12 years of formal education.
  • Between 21 and 55 years of age.
  • At least 2 years of full-time work experience in the past 5 years.
  • Demonstrate basic proficiency in English or French language.
  • Sufficient settlement funds.
  • Demonstrated intention to settle in Prince Edward Island.

Prince Edward Island Business Impact

Work Permit Stream - Requirements
  1. Obtain a Canadian work permit.
  2. Work for a P.E.I. business for a certain amount of time as designated in a Performance Agreement.
  3. After the Performance Agreement is fulfilled, the applicant must make a minimum $150,000 investment in the business.
  4. Commit to managing the business on a daily basis from within P.E.I.


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