Prince Edward Island

Skilled Worker Immigration

Prince Edward Provincial Nominee Program

If you are seeking permanent residency in Prince Edward Island, one pathway is to be nominated to the federal government through the PEI Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Individuals are selected for nomination based on their intention to live and work in PEI and their economic ability to establish here. At this time, priority will be given to entrepreneurs and to individuals qualified to work in areas with identified skill shortages in the PEI labour market.

The Office of Immigration is the operating name of the crown corporation Island Investment Development Inc. which is a part of the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Culture. The Office of Immigration is responsible for administering the Provincial Nominee Program through an agreement with the federal government.

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) nominates individuals to the federal government for permanent residency. Individuals are chosen based on their ability to economically establish and their intent to live and work in PEI. Current key needs that are being met by the PEI PNP are filling gaps in our labour market and attracting entrepreneurs.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program for Employers – Designation

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is an employer-driven federal immigration pilot program designed to help you fill permanent labour shortages and skill gaps in your business by supporting foreign nationals for permanent residency.

There are three different streams which aim to address different needs:

The Atlantic High Skilled Program allows you to attract highly skilled individuals,

The Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program allows you to attract semi-skilled individuals, and

The Atlantic International Graduate Program allows you to attract recent graduates from Atlantic Canada post-secondary institutions.

Who Is Eligible?

To be eligible to participate in the Pilot you must be a designated employer. To become a designated employer you must:

  • Want to hire full-time, non-seasonal, international candidates
  • Be in good standing with provincial and federal standards and legislation as per the program guidelines
  • Demonstrate your preparedness to receive and meet the settlement needs of international candidate(s) and accompanying family members, and agree to do so
  • Understand and agree to the reporting requirements for the program

What Is The Process?

The Pilot is a two-step process.  The first step is to become designated. You will only need to be designated once, but you will be contacted annually by our office to update your file. The second step is to identify international candidates that you would like to support through this program and submitting an endorsement application to our office.

  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot For Employers – Endorsement

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is an employer-driven federal immigration pilot program designed to help you fill permanent labour shortages and skill gaps in your business by supporting foreign nationals for permanent residency.

The Pilot is a two step process for employers, you must first become a designated employer and then submit a endorsement application for every foreign national you want to support through the program.

Am I eligible to endorse a foreign national?

To be eligible to endorse a foreign national you must be a designated employer.

What is the process?

You must first identify a foreign national that meets the Federal Eligibility Criteria that you want to endorse through the program and complete the job offer template.  The foreign national must then approach an approved Settlement Service Provider with a copy of their job offer and your designation letter and get a settlement plan prepared.

You must then submit the job offer, endorsement application, proof foreign national meets the Federal Eligibility Criteria, and settlement plan to our office.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot – Designated Employers

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) is an employer-driven federal immigration program designed to help employers fill permanent labour shortages and skill gaps by supporting foreign nationals for permanent residency. Employers who wish to use AIPP must be designated by the Prince Edward Island Office of Immigration.

Expression of Interest

The Office of Immigration has created a new Expression of Interest System.  All foreign nationals interested in applying for permanent residency through the Business Impact Category, Express Entry or Labour Impact Category must create an account and profile through our on-line Expression of Interest System.  If you are using a representative, they must submit a profile on your behalf.

How does the new Expression of Interest System work?

Immigration through the Prince Edward Island through Business Impact Category, Express Entry or Labour Impact Category is a three-step process:

Step 1: Create an account and submit your profile to the Expression of Interest system.

Step 2: The highest-scoring, qualified candidates with a connection to Prince Edward Island will be invited to submit an application to the PEI PNP by our Office.

Step 3: Following a thorough review of the paper application submitted to the Office of Immigration, Prince Edward Island nominates successful candidates to apply to the Government of Canada for permanent residency.

Is a Foreign Qualification Recognition (FQR) the same as an Education Credential Assessment (ECA)?

Education Credential Assessment and Foreign Qualification Recognition are not the same. If you have a foreign degree, diploma or certificate and you are creating a Federal Express Entry profile you must have an ECA. If you have a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate, you do not require an ECA.

Foreign Qualification Recognition is the process of verifying qualifications (education, knowledge, skills, and work experience) obtained in another country are comparable to the Canadian standards established for an occupation.  In order to claim points in the Office of Immigration’s Expression of Interest system, you must have your qualifications recognized as required in Prince Edward Island.   Having an ECA does not allow you to claim these points.

Immigrate to PEI as a Worker

International Graduates

You can apply for a nomination for permanent residency through the International Graduate stream of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP), if you graduated from a publicly-funded PEI post-secondary institution.  The International Graduate stream is employer-driven, allowing Island employers to fill high-skilled positions that they are unable to fill through the local job market.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to apply for the PEI International Graduate stream you must:

  • have a full-time long-term (i.e. permanent or minimum of  two years) job offer from a PEI employer;
  • have a valid post-graduate work permit and legal status in Canada;
  • be able to attend an interview with staff from the Office, if required;
  • have successfully completed a post-secondary degree or diploma from a publicly-funded PEI post-secondary institution;
  • be between the ages of 18 and 59;
  • possess sufficient English and/or French language ability to perform the job offered;
  • have sufficient financial resources to pay all immigration costs (including travel expenses) for you and your family to be able to establish in PEI; and
  • demonstrate a genuine intention to settle in PEI.

Critical Workers

You can apply for a nomination for permanent residency through the Critical Worker stream of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) if you are currently working in PEI.  The PEI Critical Worker stream is employer-driven, allowing Island employers to fill low-skilled positions that they are unable to fill through the local job market.

Skilled Workers in PEI

You can apply for a nomination for permanent residency through the Skilled Worker stream of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP), if you are currently employed by an Island employer.  The Skilled Worker stream is employer-driven, allowing Island employers to fill high-skilled positions that they are unable to fill through the local job market.

Skilled Workers Outside Canada

You can apply for a nomination for permanent residency through the Skilled Worker stream of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) if you have a job offer from an Island employer.  The PEI Skilled Worker stream is employer-driven, allowing Island employers to fill high-skilled positions that they are unable to fill through the local job market.

PEI Express Entry

You can apply for a PEI Express Entry nomination for permanent residency through the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP). Your nomination through PEI PNP will increase your chance of being issued an Invitation to Apply from the Federal Government.

Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible for nomination through PEI Express Entry, you must:

  • meet the requirements of at least one of the Federal Economic Immigration programs:
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program;
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program; or
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • create a Federal Express Entry Profile and be placed in the pool of candidates.  You can create a profile at any time through IRCC.

There are two pathways to permanent residency through the PEI Express Entry Category, depending on if you have a job offer in PEI or not. Priority will be given to applicants that are living and working in PEI.

How do I apply?

If you meet the eligibility criteria listed above you must first read the Express Entry Guide  then you or your representative must create a profile in the Prince Edward Island Expression of Interest system. To create a profile you will be asked to provide a valid email address, and identification information including your passport details. Once your account has been verified, you will be able to proceed to complete your profile. Applicants can only have one active profile at any one time.

Your profile will remain active for a period of six months. You must ensure information provided in your profile is accurate and verifiable.  If your situation changes prior to being invited to apply, you may update your profile. If your situation changes after being invited to apply you must contact the Office with the new information; this may impact the ultimate decision on your file.

Supporting a Worker for Immigration

The Labour Impact Category is an employer-driven category, designed to help you fill permanent labour shortages and skill gaps in your business by supporting foreign nationals for permanent residency.  There are three different streams which aim to address different needs.

The Skilled Worker Stream allows you to attract highly skilled individuals, the Critical Worker Stream allows you to attract semi-skilled individuals, and the International Graduate stream allows you to attract recent graduates from PEI post-secondary institutions.

Am I Eligible?

For all streams of the Labour Impact Category, the employer is responsible for ensuring:

  • Employment is full-time (training, internship or apprenticeship positions that terminate on a specific date will NOT be considered).
  • Employment contract is for a permanent position (i.e. minimum length of 2 years).
  • Employment in the intended occupation is consistent with the applicant’s ability to perform the job, based on the applicant’s education, training and/or experience.
  • Employment terms and conditions meet all applicable provincial and federal employment workplace standards and the comparable industry wage rate.
  • Employment of the applicant does not contravene existing bargaining unit agreements or employment disputes.
  • Employment is in Prince Edward Island.
  • Employment that requires provincial licensing or accreditation has been verified to ensure the applicant has the necessary credentials to be eligible to work in the occupation in Prince Edward Island.
  • Employment contract is provided, which includes the terms and conditions of the full-time job offer, signatures of the authorized signing officer of the company, and the employee (applicant) accepting the offer and conditions of employment.
  • Settlement support is provided to the applicant and the family to help them establish.
  • Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is provided, if applicable.
  • Attendance at an interview at the Office of Immigration, if required.
  • Documentation is provided to demonstrate effort to recruit for the intended profession has been unsuccessful within Canada and the position is critical to the operation of the employers business.

Business Immigration

Immigrate to PEI as an Entrepreneur

  • Work Permit Stream

If you are interested in immigrating to Prince Edward Island and would like to invest in and run a business, you may be eligible for a nomination for permanent residency through the Work Permit Stream of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP). This stream is for foreign nationals with business ownership or extensive management experience who would like to move to PEI  to start their business, and eventually become a permanent resident.

  • Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible for nomination through the Work Permit stream you must:

  • have a minimum verifiable personal net worth of $600,000 which has been accumulated through legal and legitimate sources in your own right;
  • have a minimum education of secondary school equivalent;
  • be within 21-59 years of age at the time of application;
  • have transferable management skills and past employment or business ownership experience;
  • meet minimum language requirements equivalent to a CLB/NCLC 4 (link is external); and
  • intend to live and work in PEI while providing day-to-day active and ongoing management of your PEI-based company
  • Attend an interview with staff from the Office of Immigration.
  • Meet the terms and conditions of the Performance Agreement signed with the Office of Immigration.
  • Partial Ownership Stream

If you are interested in immigrating to Prince Edward Island and would like to invest in and run a business, you may be eligible for a nomination for permanent residency through the Partial Ownership Stream of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP). This stream is for foreign nationals with extensive management or business-ownership experience who would like to invest in and participate in the management of a PEI business.

  • 100% Ownership Stream

If you are interested in immigrating to Prince Edward Island and would like to own your own business, you may be eligible for a nomination for permanent residency through the 100% Ownership Stream of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP). This stream is for foreign nationals with business-ownership or extensive management experience who would like to own and operate their own business in PEI.

PEI Business Owners

Finding an Investor / Business Partner

If you are interested in a newcomer investing in your business and becoming a partial owner through the Provincial Nominee Program, you must submit an application to our office to assess eligibility.  You must be willing to sell at least 33 1/3% of the equity of your business to the investor, and they must be active in the day to day management of the company.  You are responsible for finding the potential investor for your business.

Is my business eligible?

For your business to be eligible it must:

  • Not be an ineligible business.
  • Be a for-profit company incorporated under the Companies Act of PEI or the Canada Business Corporations Act and which is operating for the primary purpose of earning profits from active income through the provision of products and/or services.
  • Be in good standing with the Province on all debts and obligations.
  • Maintain a “permanent establishment” in PEI as defined under the Income Tax Act by regulation 400(2).
  • Have assets with a book value of at least $150,000 which are actively used for the business.
  • Businesses will also be considered if they have assets which are actively used for the business with a fair market value of at least $150,000 as valued by a certified appraiser or have received a valuation for their business from a professional accountant stating a value of at least $150,000.
  • Have incurred a total of $60,000 in wages and/or net income in the last year, to demonstrate the ability to support an applicant’s salary.

Selling Your Business to a Newcomer

If you are interested in selling your existing PEI business to a newcomer through the Provincial Nominee Program you must submit an application to our office to assess eligibility.  You are responsible for finding the potential buyer for your business.

Is my business eligible?

For your business to be eligible it must:

  • Not be an ineligible business.
  • Be a for-profit company incorporated under the Companies Act of PEI or the Canada Business Corporations Act and which is operating for the primary purpose of earning profits from active income through the provision of products and/or services.
  • Be in good standing with the Province on all debts and obligations.
  • Maintain a “permanent establishment” in PEI as defined under the Income Tax Act by regulation 400(2).
  • Have assets with a book value of at least $150,000 which are actively used for the business.
Age limit 59 Years
Minimum Education: Grade 12
Language Requirement : Min IELTS Bands 5
Senior Managerial Exp: 5 years for max points
Business Exp: 5 years for max points
Net Worth Requirement: CAD $600,000
Min Required Investment: CAD $150,000
Liquid funds to be shown on applying: Not Required
Spouse ‘s English Proficiency: Children are eligible to sit instead
Good Faith Deposit: Not Required
Leading to: Work Permit, PR after nomination