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Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island (PEI) currently has two (2) main streams: The Worker Stream, which is made up of several sub-categories; and the Work Permit Stream, a repurposed element of the earlier Entrepreneurial Stream following significant changes to the Business Impact Category, which took effect on September 20, 2018.

Worker Stream

This stream has five categories: Express Entry, Critical Workers, Skilled Workers in PEI, International Graduates, and Skilled Workers Outside Canada.

Express Entry

If you qualify under one of the Federal Economic Immigration Programs and your Express Entry Profile has been accepted into the pool of candidates, you may be eligible to receive an Expression of Interest and apply for a nomination from PEI. This stream has two pathways, depending on whether you have a valid job offer in PEI, which will give you priority over other applicants.

Critical Worker, International Graduates, and Skilled Workers in PEI

These three employer driven categories enable businesses to hire foreign workers already working legally in PEI for positions that they are unable to fill through the provincial labour market. To qualify under these categories, you must have an offer of permanent, full-time employment; have sufficient financial resources to support yourself and your family; be between the ages of 21 and 59; and create a profile in the Prince Edward Island Expression of Interest system.

To qualify as a Critical Worker, you must:

  • Have a job offer from a PEI employer in NOC skill level C or D in one of the following occupations: truck driver, customer service representative, labourer, food and beverage server, or housekeeping attendant;
  • Have worked for a minimum of six (6) months for the PEI employer;
  • Score a minimum of CLB/NCLC 4 on a test taken within the last two (2) years;
  • Have completed secondary school.

To qualify as an International Graduate, you must:

  • Have a job offer from a PEI employer in NOC skill level 0, A, or B;
  • Have worked for a minimum of six (6) months for the PEI employer;
  • Have graduated from an eligible post-secondary degree or diploma program of at least two (2) years at a PEI university or college;
  • Demonstrate the necessary English and/or French language skills to successfully perform the job as offered.

To qualify as a Skilled Worker In PEI, you must:

  • Have a job offer from a PEI employer in NOC skill level 0, A, or B;
  • Have completed at least a two-year post-secondary degree or diploma program;
  • Have at least two (2) years of work experience in the past five (5) years;
  • Score a minimum of CLB/NCLC 4 on a test taken within the last two (2) years or, in the alternative, you may submit either of the following:
    • A signed PEI-PNP-L06 Employer Language Declaration; or
    • Documents from an internationally-recognized institution demonstrating that you studied primarily in English or French.

Skilled Workers Outside Canada

The eligibility requirements for this category are nearly identical to those of the Skilled Worker In PEI category, above, except for the fact that the foreign worker has not yet begun working in Canada. Additionally, before you submit your Expression of Interest, your prospective employer must first contact the PEI Office of Immigration and seek approval of the intended offer of employment.

Work Permit Stream

This stream is for individuals who want to invest in and run a business in PEI, and who either have extensive managerial experience or already own a business. Like most of the Worker Stream categories, this stream also requires candidates to submit an Expression of Interest through the Prince Edward Island Expression of Interest system at the outset of their application.

To qualify under the Work Permit Stream, you must:

  • Have acquired a verifiable and legitimate personal net worth of at least $600,000;
  • Have completed at least a secondary school level of education;
  • Be between the ages of 21 and 59;
  • Score a minimum of CLB/NCLC 4 on a test taken within the last two (2) years.

The Links on the right hand column offer a brief overview of the Provincial immigration categories available for permanent immigration to Canada.