Immigration and Citizenship

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program


PEI Provincial Nominee Program

Under the PEI Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) the province nominates candidates for Canadian permanent residency in three major immigration categories:

  • PEI PNP Express Entry
  • Labour Impact Category
  • Business Impact Category

NoteOn January 25, 2018, PEI introduced guidelines for its Expression of Interest (EOI) System. Please review each category information below for more details on selection criteria and points distribution. 

1. PEI PNP Express Entry

Candidates who are eligible to enter the federal Express Entry pool and are interested in living and working in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) may apply to the PEI Express Entry category.

There are two pathways to Canadian permanent residence through the PEI Express Entry Category, depending on whether or not a candidate has a job offer in PEI or not. 

PEI selects Express Entry candidates with skills matching current identified labour needs for the province. A successful nomination through PEI’s Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) greatly improves the likelihood of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence through the Express Entry system. 

PEI’s PNP functions on an Expression of Interest (EOI) system. This means that a candidate is required to have an active profile in PEI’s EOI system.

Eligibility requirements

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

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.

A profile is reviewed and assigned points based on six selection factors: age, language, education, work experience, employment, and adaptability up to a maximum of 100 points.

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. You can find additional information on the EOI points grid in the Express Entry Application Guide.

Important: An Expression of Interest is not an application, but an indication of your interest in being considered to apply to the PEI PNP Express Entry. The Office reserves the right to limit intake or make exclusions from Expressions of Interest draws.  

If you are invited to apply you will receive an email notification that will include your file and instructions for submission of your file.  If you are invited to apply you must complete the application forms.  The complete application package, along with the $300 application fee, can be submitted to the Office of Immigration in two ways:

In person at 94 Euston Street (2nd floor), Charlottetown, PEI; or
Courier or mail package to

Office of Immigration
94 Euston Street, 2nd Floor
PO Box 1176
Charlottetown, PE
Canada   C1A 7M8

Who is not eligible to apply?

If you are currently working in PEI on a post-graduate open work permit, you must satisfy the following conditions prior to applying:

  • Have at least 4 months of full-time experience working for the PEI employer, and
  • Have at least 4 months remaining before the expiration of your work permit at the time of submitting an application to the Province.

If you are currently in Canada, you must be here legally.  This means that if you are in Canada on a study permit and you are not studying, you are not eligible to apply.

Do I have to pay a fee?

There is no fee to create an Expression of Interest.  If you are selected for nomination by PEI, there is a non-refundable fee of $300 CAD which must be submitted with your application.  The acceptable forms of payment are a bank draft, a certified cheque, or a money order made payable to Island Investment Development, Inc.​

What forms do I need to fill out?

You must complete all applicable provincial forms listed below:

If you are selected for nomination by PEI, you must then accept the nomination through your MyCIC account online.  After you are Invited to Apply by IRCC you must submit an electronic application for permanent residency with all supporting documentation and fees through your MyCIC account. IRCC is responsible for the decision on all applications for Permanent Residency.  You must also complete all applicable federal forms from the Federal Application Package for Provincial Nominees

Do I have to use an Immigration Consultant or a Lawyer?

No, you are not required to hire an Immigration Consultant for any immigration program in Canada.

If you choose to use an Immigration Consultant or a Lawyer, they must be registered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council, or be a Lawyer in good standing with a Provincial Law Society. The agent must be registered with the Office of Immigration prior to the submission of an application through this stream.

My Work Permit is expiring soon, what can I do?

You are responsible for ensuring you maintain legal status in Canada.  You cannot rely on PEI Express Entry to help extend a work permit that is about to expire.  If you are currently working in PEI, you may be eligible for a nomination through one of our other streams, in which case we could write an employer-specific letter of support for a work permit extension to be issued with the nomination.

If you have reached the stage of applying for permanent residency through Express Entry and your work permit is about to expire, you can apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit.
 

What happens after I am nominated?

If you are selected for nomination by PEI, you must then accept the nomination through your MyCIC account online.  After you are Invited to Apply by IRCC you must submit an electronic application for permanent residency with all supporting documentation and fees through your MyCIC account. IRCC is responsible for the decision on all applications for Permanent Residency.

If there are changes in your circumstances, such as family status, employment, contact information, etc., you must notify the Office of Immigration immediately. If any changes occur after nomination, you must notify the Office of Immigration and IRCC.

You can check the status of your Expression of Interest by logging in to the Prince Edward Island Expression of Interest system

2. Prince Edward Island Labour Impact Category

PEI’s Labour Impact Category focuses on the changing labour market needs of the province’s innovative and primary industries.

This immigration category is composed of the following three streams, each with their own set of eligibility requirements:

  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Critical Worker Stream
  • International Graduate Stream

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.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to apply for the PEI Skilled Worker stream you must:

  • have a full-time long-term (i.e. permanent or minimum of  two years) job offer from a PEI employer in National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A, or B.(link is external)  ​Important note: Through this stream your employer must first make contact with our office and the job offer must be approved by our office prior to submitting an expression of interest profile;
  • have legal status in country of residence;
  • be able to attend an interview with staff from the Office, if required;
  • have successfully completed a post-secondary degree or diploma (minimum  two year program);
  • be between the ages of 21 and 59;
  • have at least two years of full-time work experience in the past  five years;
  • possess sufficient English and/or French language ability to perform the job offered.  Language ability can be verified by one of the following:
    • A language test from an IRCC approved testing institute within the past  two years with a minimum score of CLB/NLCC 4; or
    • Employer signed PEI PNP-L06 Employer Language Declaration; or
    • Documents from an internationally recognized institution indicating that the principal language studied was in English or French.
  • have sufficient financial resources for the applicant and family to pay all immigration costs (including travel expenses) to be able to establish in PEI; and
  • demonstrate a genuine intention to settle in PEI.

How do I apply?

If you meet the eligibility criteria listed above you must first read the Labour Application 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.  You can find additional information on the EOI points grid in the Labour Impact Application Guide.

An Expression of Interest is not an application, but an indication of your interest in being considered to apply to the PEI PNP Labour Impact Category. The Office reserves the right to limit intake or make exclusions from Expressions of Interest draws.  

If you are invited to apply you will receive an email notification that will include your file and instructions for submission of your file.  If you are invited to apply you must complete the application forms.  Your employer must also complete the employer forms.

Important : Information provided in the Expression of Interest Profile must be valid and verifiable. The Office of Immigration will compare information provided in application with the Expression of Interest Profile, if there is a discrepancy it may affect your ability to apply.  Files that have been determined to contain misrepresentations may be ineligible to apply to the Office of Immigration for 2 years

The complete application package, along with the $300 application fee, can be submitted to the Office of Immigration in two ways:

In person at 94 Euston Street (2nd floor), Charlottetown, PEI; or
Courier or mail package to

Office of Immigration
94 Euston Street, 2nd Floor
PO Box 1176
Charlottetown, PE
Canada   C1A 7M8

Do I have to pay a fee?

There is no fee to create an Expression of Interest.  If you are selected for nomination by PEI, there is a non-refundable fee of $300 CAD which must be submitted with your application.  The acceptable forms of payment are a bank draft, a certified cheque, or a money order made payable to Island Investment Development, Inc. 

What forms do I need to fill out?

You must complete all applicable provincial forms listed below:

In addition, your employer must complete the following forms:

You must also complete all applicable federal forms from the Federal Application Package for Provincial Nominees(link is external)

What happens after I am nominated?

After you receive a nomination you are responsible for submitting your Application for Permanent Residency to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada(link is external) (IRCC) along with your nomination certificate.  IRCC will then assess your application for admissibility factors.  You can check processing times at IRCC on their website.

If you intend to start working in PEI while your permanent residency application is processing, PEI can issue a letter of support for a work permit, which you can use to apply for a work permit with IRCC.

If there are changes in your circumstances, such as family status, employment, contact information, etc., you must notify the Office of Immigration immediately. If any changes occur after nomination, you must notify the Office of Immigration and IRCC.

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.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to apply for the PEI Skilled Worker stream you must:

  • have a full-time long-term (i.e. permanent or minimum of  two years) job offer from a PEI employer in National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A, or B(link is external);
  • have a valid work permit to be working in Canada;
  • have legal status in country of residence;
  • be able to attend an interview with staff from the Office, if required;
  • have successfully completed a post-secondary degree or diploma (minimum two year program);
  • be between the ages of 21 and 59;
  • have at least two years of full-time work experience in the past  five years;
  • possess sufficient English and/or French language ability to perform the job offered.  Language ability can be verified by one of the following:
    • a language test from an IRCC approved testing institute within the past  two years with a minimum score of CLB/NCLC 4; or
    • Employer signed PEI PNP-L06 Employer Language Declaration; or
    • documents from an internationally recognized institution indicating that the principal language studied was in English or French.
  • have sufficient financial resources for the applicant and family to pay all immigration costs (including travel expenses) to be able to establish in PEI; and
  • demonstrate a genuine intention to settle in PEI.

How do I apply?

If you meet all of the eligibility criteria listed above, you must read the Labour Application 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. You can find additional information on the EOI points grid in the Labour Application Guide.

Important

An Expression of Interest is not an application, but an indication of your interest in being considered to apply to the PEI PNP Labour Impact Category. The Office reserves the right to limit intake or make exclusions from Expressions of Interest draws.  

If you are invited to apply you will receive an email notification that will include your file and instructions for submission of your file.  If you are invited to apply you must then complete the application forms.  Your employer must also complete the employer forms.

Important

Information provided in the Expression of Interest Profile must be valid and verifiable. The Office of Immigration will compare information provided in application with the Expression of Interest Profile, if there is a discrepancy it may affect your ability to apply.  Files that have been determined to contain misrepresentations may be ineligible to apply to the Office of Immigration for 2 years.

The complete application package, along with the $300 application fee, can be submitted to the Office of Immigration in two ways:

In person at 94 Euston Street (2nd floor), Charlottetown, PEI; or
Courier or mail package to

Office of Immigration
94 Euston Street, 2nd Floor
PO Box 1176
Charlottetown, PE
Canada  C1A 7M8

Do I have to pay a fee?

There is no fee to create an Expression of Interest.  If you are selected for nomination by PEI, there is a non-refundable fee of $300 CAD which must be submitted with your application.  The acceptable forms of payment are a bank draft, a certified cheque, or a money order made payable to Island Investment Development, Inc.  

What forms do I need to fill out?

You must complete all applicable provincial forms listed below:

In addition, your employer must complete the following forms:

You must also complete all applicable federal forms from the Federal Application Package for Provincial Nominees.

What happens after I am nominated?

After you receive a nomination you are responsible for submitting your Application for Permanent Residency to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) along with your nomination certificate.  IRCC will then assess your application for admissibility factors.  You can check processing times at IRCC on their website.

If there are changes in your circumstances, such as family status, employment, contact information, etc., you must notify the Office of Immigration immediately. If any changes occur after nomination, you must notify the Office of Immigration and IRCC.

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.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to apply for the PEI Critical Worker stream you must:

  • have a full-time long-term (i.e. permanent or minimum of  two years) 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 a minimum of six months full-time for the PEI employer;
  • have a valid work permit and legal status in Canada;
  • be able to attend an interview with staff from the Office, if required;
  • possess a minimum education of secondary school;
  • be between the ages of 21 and 59;
  • have at least two years of full-time work experience or relevant education in the past  five years;
  • provide a language test from an IRCC approved testing institute within the past  two years with a minimum score of CLB/NCLC 4;
  • 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.

How do I apply?

If you meet the eligibility criteria listed above you must first read the Labour Application 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. You can find additional information on the EOI points grid in the Labour Application Guide.

Important

An Expression of Interest is not an application, but an indication of your interest in being considered to apply to the PEI PNP Labour Impact Category. The Office reserves the right to limit intake or make exclusions from Expressions of Interest draws.  

If you are invited to apply you will receive an email notification that will include your file and instructions for submission of your file.  If you are invited to apply you must complete the application forms.  Your employer must also complete the employer forms.

Important

Information provided in the Expression of Interest Profile must be valid and verifiable. The Office of Immigration will compare information provided in application with the Expression of Interest Profile, if there is a discrepancy it may affect your ability to apply.  Files that have been determined to contain misrepresentations may be ineligible to apply to the Office of Immigration for 2 years

The complete application package, along with the $300 application fee, can be submitted to the Office of Immigration in two ways:

In person at 94 Euston Street (2nd floor), Charlottetown, PEI; or
Courier or mail package to

Office of Immigration
94 Euston Street, 2nd Floor
PO Box 1176
Charlottetown, PE
Canada   C1A 7M8

Do I have to pay a fee?

There is no fee to create an Expression of Interest.  If you are selected for nomination by PEI, there is a non-refundable fee of $300 CAD which must be submitted with your application.  The acceptable forms of payment are a bank draft, a certified cheque, or a money order made payable to Island Investment Development, Inc.  

What forms do I need to fill out?

You must complete all applicable provincial forms listed below:

In addition, your employer must complete the following forms:

You must also complete all applicable federal forms from the Federal Application Package for Provincial Nominees(link is external)

What happens after I am nominated?

After you receive a nomination you are responsible for submitting your Application for Permanent Residency to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) along with your nomination certificate.  IRCC will then assess your application for admissibility factors.  You can check processing times at IRCC on their website.

If there are changes in your circumstances, such as family status, employment, contact information, etc., you must notify the Office of Immigration immediately. If any changes occur after nomination, you must notify the Office of Immigration and IRCC.

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 an accredited PEI post secondary institution and are currently working in PEI.  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 in NOC skill level  0, A, or B;
  • have worked a minimum of six months for the PEI employer in a position that is directly related to post-secondary education received in PEI;
  • 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 (minimum  two year program) from a publically-funded PEI post-secondary institution;
  • be between the ages of 21 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.

How do I apply?

If you meet the eligibility criteria listed above you must first read the Labour Impact Application 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.  You can find additional information on the EOI points grid in the Labour Application Guide.

Important

An Expression of Interest is not an application, but an indication of your interest in being considered to apply to the PEI PNP Labour Impact Category. The Office reserves the right to limit intake or make exclusions from Expressions of Interest draws.  

If you are invited to apply you will receive an email notification that will include your file and instructions for submission of your file.  If you are invited to apply you must complete the application forms.  Your employer must also complete the employer forms.

Important

Information provided in the Expression of Interest Profile must be valid and verifiable. The Office of Immigration will compare information provided in application with the Expression of Interest Profile, if there is a discrepancy it may affect your ability to apply.  Files that have been determined to contain misrepresentations may be ineligible to apply to the Office of Immigration for 2 years

The complete application package, along with the $300 application fee, can be submitted to the Office of Immigration in two ways:

In person at 94 Euston Street (2nd floor), Charlottetown, PEI; or
Courier or mail package to

Office of Immigration
94 Euston Street, 2nd Floor
PO Box 1176
Charlottetown, PE
Canada    C1A 7M8

Do I have to pay a fee?

There is no fee to create an Expression of Interest.  If you are selected for nomination by PEI, the application fee is $300 CAD which must be submitted with your application.  The acceptable forms of payment are a bank draft, a certified cheque, or a money order made payable to Island Investment Development, Inc. 

What forms do I need to fill out?

You must complete all applicable provincial and federal forms listed below:

In addition, your employer must complete the following forms:

You must also complete all applicable federal forms from the Federal Application Package for Provincial Nominees(link is external)

What happens after I am nominated?

After you receive a nomination you are responsible for submitting your Application for Permanent Residency to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada(link is external)  (IRCC) along with your nomination certificate.  IRCC will then assess your application for admissibility factors.  You can check processing times at IRCC on their website(link is external).

If there are changes in your circumstances, such as family status, employment, contact information, etc., you must notify the Office of Immigration immediately. If any changes occur after nomination, you must notify the Office of Immigration and IRCC.

PEI PNP selection system points grid

Courtesy of CanadaVisa.com.

PEI’s EOI system awards applicants a maximum of 100 points based on the following criteria: age, language, education, work experience, employment, and adaptability. 

Labour Impact CategorySkilled WorkerCritical WorkerInternational Graduate
Age151525
Language2020n/a
Education151535
Work Experience2020n/a
Employment151520
Adaptability151520
Maximum Points100100100

Age

AgeSkilled Worker Critical WorkerInternational Graduate
18-247710
25-44151525
45-49101015
Over 49000
Maximum Points1515100

Language

Points for language are awarded based on the language test results provided. When applying through the Skilled Worker Stream, applicants may submit the L-6 Employer Language Declaration instead of a test. If a candidate proves proficiency in both official languages, an additional 10 bonus points may be awarded for this selection factor. Applicants to the International Graduate Stream do not need to provide proof of language proficiency, and as such are not awarded additional points for this selection factor. 

Language abilitySkilled Worker Critical WorkerInternational Graduate
Employer signed PEI PNP-L06 Employer Language Declaration2020n/a
CLB 92020n/a
CLB 81717n/a
CLB 71515n/a
CLB 61010n/a
CLB 555n/a
CLB 400n/a
Maximum Points2020n/a

Education

Applicants are awarded points for education depending on the highest level of education completed. 

Language abilitySkilled Worker Critical WorkerInternational Graduate
Master’s level or PhD from a graduate school of a college or university, after completion of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree151035
Post-secondary academic degree (Bachelor) from a college or that required at least three years of full-time study121220
Post-secondary diploma in a specific trade that required at least two years of full-time study after secondary school101020
Completion of secondary school015n/a
Maximum Points151535

Work experience 

Points for work experience will be awarded to applicants based on full-time work. The minimum number of years considered for this criteria are two years. Applicants to the International Graduate Stream are not awarded any points for this selection factor. 

Years of experienceSkilled Worker Critical WorkerInternational Graduate
More than 6 years2020n/a
4-6 years1515n/a
2-4 years1010n/a
Up to 2 years00n/a
Maximum Points2020n/a

Applicants may be awarded points for employment depending on work experience and job offer.

EmploymentSkilled WorkerCritical WorkerInternational Graduate
Working in a permanent position in PEI with a valid work permit5*55
Job offer in PEI related to my education101010
Foreign qualification verified with the regulated body in PEI. This is not an ECA555
At least 1-year continuous full-time work experience in PEI555
Maximum Points151520

*Note: Skilled workers need to be in PEI in order to receive points. 

Adaptability 

Applicants are awarded points for the different streams in the Labour Impact Category based on the following factors:

AdaptabilitySkilled Worker Critical WorkerInternational Graduate
Currently have close family member(s) living in PEI for at least 12 consecutive months who are permanent residents or Canadian citizens555
Spouse/common-law partner and/or dependent child(ren) have a language ability of CLB/NCLC 6 or higher in English or French555
Currently, own residential property in PEI for at least 12 consecutive months555
Graduated from a recognized PEI post-secondary institution555
Spouse/common-law partner has at least 3 years of work experience in the last 5 years555
Dependent child(ren) have been enrolled in a PEI educational institution for at least 6 continuous months555
Maximum Points151520

3. Prince Edward Island Business Impact Category

The Business Impact Category considers experienced business managers and entrepreneur applicants with vision, strong leadership skills, and determination.

Work Permit Stream

The Province of Prince Edward Island has announced changes to the Business Impact Category of the Provincial Nominee Program. After September 20, 2018, the province will only invite entrepreneurs selected through the Work Permit stream as the 100% Ownership and Partial Ownership streams will close.  All candidates will continue to be invited through the Expression of Interest system and the draw schedule will remain unchanged.

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; 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.

How do I apply?

If you meet the criteria listed above, you must first read the Business Application 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. You can find additional information on the EOI points grid in the Business Application Guide.

Important

An Expression of Interest is not an application, but an indication of your interest in being considered to apply to the PEI PNP Business Impact Category. The Office reserves the right to limit intake or make exclusions from Expressions of Interest draws.  

If you are invited to apply you will receive an email notification that will include your file and instructions for submission of your file.  If you are invited to apply you must  complete the application forms.

Important

Information provided in the Expression of Interest Profile must be valid and verifiable. The Office of Immigration will compare information provided in application with the Expression of Interest Profile, if there is a discrepancy it may affect your ability to apply.  Files that have been determined to contain misrepresentations may be ineligible to apply to the Office of Immigration for 2 years

The complete application package, along with all supporting documentation and the $10,000 application fee, can be submitted to the Office of Immigration in two ways:

In person at 94 Euston Street (2nd floor), Charlottetown, PEI; or
Courier or mail package to

Office of Immigration
94 Euston Street, 2nd Floor
PO Box 1176
Charlottetown, PE
Canada   C1A 7M8

Do I have to pay a fee?

There is no fee to create an Expression of Interest.  If you are selected for nomination by PEI, the application fee is $10,000 CAD which must be submitted with your application.  The acceptable forms of payment are a bank draft, a certified cheque, or a money order made payable to Island Investment Development, Inc. 

If your file is not accepted, the entire fee will be refunded.  If your file is declined or withdrawn prior to you being interviewed by our office, $7,500 will be refunded.  If your file is declined or withdrawn after you have interviewed with our office, the entire fee is non-refundable.  The acceptable forms of payment are a bank draft, a certified cheque, or a money order made payable to Island Investment Development Inc.

What forms do I need to fill out?

You must complete all applicable provincial forms listed below:

You must also complete all applicable federal forms from the Federal Application Package for Provincial Nominees

What happens after I am approved?

After you are approved you will receive a letter of support from the province for a work permit.  You are responsible for submitting your application for a work permit to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada(link is external) (IRCC) along with your letter of support.  You can check processing times at IRCC on their website(link is external).

After you are approved for a work permit, you must move to PEI and start your business.  After you have fulfilled all of the terms and conditions of your Performance Agreement you will be issued a nomination certificate.  You are then responsible for filing your Application for Permanent Residency with IRCC, who will assess it for admissibility factors.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Prince Edward Island is one of four Atlantic provinces working in partnership with the Government of Canada to recruit foreign workers to fill jobs in Atlantic Region that have not been filled locally. Foreign nationals interested in participating in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) may be residing abroad or on temporary status in Canada at the time of applying to the program.

All applicants to the pilot must have a job offer from a designated employer that meets the requirements of the program.

See the list of AIPP designated employers in Prince Edward Island.


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