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Prince Edward Island PNP

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)

Prince Edward Island (PEI), which consists of the island itself and several surrounding isles, is Canada’s smallest province.
PEI is considered "the birthplace of Canada". The "Charlottetown conference" — which led to the country’s formation — took place in PEI in 1864. The island province is renowned not only for its lush farmland and beautiful coasts, but it is also home to a burgeoning economy centred around agriculture, tourism, and fishing.
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 Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) launched in 2001 to attract and retain more immigrants to the province who can help address economic and labour market needs and to help achieve economic prosperity.

The PEI PNP attracts immigrants with the skills, experience and education who are likely to establish themselves on the island.
The province has been attracting more immigrants since the introduction of the PNP in 2001 as well as the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) in 2017. The AIP allows employers in Canada's Atlantic provinces to hire foreign workers for positions that they were not able to fill locally. Canada's Atlantic provinces include New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and PEI.


PEI Immigration Categories

  • PEI PNP Express Entry;

The PEI PNP Express Entry is for candidates who have a valid Express Entry profile, wish to live and work in Prince Edward Island, and have skills that match current identified labour market needs in the province.

  • Labour Impact Category;

The Labour Impact Category is for skilled workers and international graduates who have the skills and experience needed in PEI’s labour market. This category is divided into three streams:

  • Skilled Worker Stream;

This stream is for workers who have been identified or hired by a PEI employer. To apply to this stream, you must be either currently working in PEI or have a job offer from a PEI employer. Eligible applicants will work in a skilled profession and possess relevant experience and at least a post-secondary degree or diploma.

  • Critical Worker Stream;

This stream is for workers who have already been hired by a PEI employer, and whose employer would like to sponsor them for permanent residence. Eligible applicants can work in a semi-skilled or unskilled profession.


  • International Graduate Stream.

This stream is for recent graduates from recognized accredited Prince Edward Island universities and colleges. You must have already been hired by a PEI employer. Eligible applicants will work in a skilled profession in their field of study.


  • Business Impact Category

The Business Impact Category is for people who want to invest in a PEI business. It allows you to live in PEI on a work permit to learn about the business you are investing in before receiving a provincial nomination.


Minimum requirements:

  • Must be between 21 and 59 years old;

  • Must have a full-time permanent or at least two-year job offer from a PEI employer in an eligible position;

  • Must have enough money to settle in PEI;

  • Must have the intention to reside in PEI;

  • Must meet the language requirements of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 4.

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