Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program
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" since the "Charlottetown conference" — which led to the country’s formation — took place on the island's capital 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 centered on agriculture, tourism, and fishing.
The PEI PNP is Prince Edward Island’s Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Prince Edward Island Provincial Nomination Certificate, after which they can apply for Canadian permanent residence with the Government of Canada.
The PEI PNP accepts applications under three major immigration categories:
- PEI PNP Express Entry
- Labour Impact Category
- Business Impact Category
PEI PNP Express Entry
Candidates who are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool and are interested in living and working in Prince Edward Island may apply to the PEI PNP Express Entry Category. Eligible applicants may benefit from processing times of six months or less. The PEI PNP does not guarantee that all Express Entry profiles submitted will be reviewed or accepted. Only those applicants with skills matching current identified labour needs for the province will be considered.
Learn more about the eligibility requirements to apply for the PEI PNP Express Entry.
Labour Impact Category
The province accepts applications under this category from individuals who possess skills and experience that are needed in PEI’s labour market. This category is divided into three streams. They are as follows:
- Skilled Worker Stream
This stream is for workers who have been identified or hired by a PEI employer. To apply to this stream, an individual must be either currently working in PEI or have a job offer from an employer in the province. 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 residency. 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 who have already been hired by a PEI employer. Eligible applicants will work in a skilled profession in their field of study.
Business Impact Category
Work Permit Stream
This stream helps individuals who wish to invest in a PEI business to transition to PEI on a work permit prior to receiving a provincial nomination. During their time on a work permit, applicants are expected to begin working in Canada and to learn about the business in which he or she will be investing.
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.
This category is for foreign workers that are currently living in Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Experience Category accepts applications under the following sub-categories:
- Existing Work Permit
This sub-category is for individuals who have been working in Saskatchewan for at least six months under a valid work permit.
- Health Professionals
This sub-category is for individuals who have worked as a physician, a nurse, or in another health profession in Saskatchewan for at least six months.
- Hospitality Sector Project
This sub-category is for individuals that are currently working in Saskatchewan as food and beverage servers, food counter attendants, kitchen helpers, or housekeeping and cleaning staff for at least six months. The employer must receive approval from the Province of Saskatchewan before the applicant begins work in Canada.
- Long Haul Truck Driver Project
This sub-category is for individuals who are currently working for an approved trucking firm in Saskatchewan. Drivers must be working in Saskatchewan for their current employer for a minimum of six months before applying.
This sub-category is for students who have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada. Among the requirements, the student must have worked in Saskatchewan for at least twenty-four months before applying, or for six months if the institution is in Saskatchewan.
Entrepreneur and Farm Category
This category is for individuals who wish to own and actively operate a business or farming operation in Saskatchewan.
- Entrepreneur Sub-Category
This sub-category is for individuals who wish to invest management talent and capital in Saskatchewan by establishing, acquiring, or partnering in a business in the province. Candidates are expected to take on an active management role in the business. This sub-category functions on an Expression of Interest model.
- Farm Owners and Operators Sub-Category
This sub-category is for experienced farmers with considerable capital looking to invest in a farming operation and settle in the province of Saskatchewan.
International Graduate Entrepreneur Category:
This category is for international students graduating from eligible post-secondary institutions in Saskatchewan and who are planning to start a business in the province. Approved candidates will have to operate and manage a business in Saskatchewan for at least a year to be eligible for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.