Prince Edward Island Immigration

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, an increased supply of skilled workers, increased population and achievement of provincial demographic, social and cultural objectives.

The province welcomes immigrants through three streams:

  1. Prince Edward Island Express Entry.
  2. Prince Edward Island Labour Impact.
  3. Prince Edward Island Business Impact.

Prince Edward Island also welcomes immigrants through the joint federal-provincial Atlantic Immigration Program.

Prince Edward Island Express Entry Stream

PEI’s Express Entry category operates by considering candidates already in the federal Express Entry Pool for a provincial nomination. Such a 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: Process 1) Assess Your Eligibility 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. 2) Create a PEI Expression of Interest Profile Candidate who meets the above requirements must then 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.

Express Entry With Job Offer Stream Express Entry No Job Offer Stream
Age 20 20
Language 20 20
Education 15 15
Work Experience 15 20
Employment 15 10
Adaptability 15 15
Maximum 100 100

3) Invitation to Apply 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. 4) Prepare Your Application Candidates invited to apply must complete all federal and provincial application forms and provide supporting documents. 5) Submit Your Application Candidates can submit their application with supporting documents in person or through the mail. It must also include the $300 application fee. 6) Submit Your Application For Permanent Residence 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. 7) Land in Prince Edward Island 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 Category

  1. PEI Skilled Worker Stream;
  2. PEI Critical Worker Stream;

Skilled Worker Category

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 TEER category 0, 1, 2 or 3 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC);
  • Completion of post-secondary education, with a minimum of 14 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;
  • 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

This category is designed to resolve labour 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;
    • Labourer;
    • 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 Category

Work Permit Stream Individuals applying under the P.E.I. Work Permit Stream must obtain a Canadian work permit and work for a P.E.I. business for a certain amount of time as designated in a Performance Agreement. After the Performance Agreement is fulfilled, the applicant must make a minimum $150,000 investment in the business and commit to managing the business on a daily basis from within P.E.I. Previously, Prince Edward Island operated direct permanent residence business streams, but these were closed in September 2018 over immigration fraud concerns.