Prince Edward Island (PEI), which consists of the island itself and several surrounding isles, is Canada’s smallest province.
It is sometimes called "the birthplace of Canada" because of the Charlottetown conference, which led to the country’s formation. PEI 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, which will allow that foreign national to apply for Canadian permanent residence with processing times that are faster than other Canadian immigration classes.
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 Stream. 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.
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 two sub-categories. They are as follows:
Skilled Worker Stream
This sub-category is for workers who have been identified or hired by 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 sub-category 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 sub-category 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
The province accepts applications under this category from individuals who wish to invest in and actively manage a PEI business. This category is divided into three sub-categories:
100% Ownership Stream
This sub-category is for individuals who will be assuming full ownership of their PEI business, either through the start of a new business or the purchase of an existing business in the province.
Partial Ownership Stream
This sub-category is for individuals who will obtain at least 33.33 percent (one-third) of a PEI business, or invest $1,000,000 CAD in the equity of a business.
Work Permit Stream
This sub-category helps individuals who wish to invest in a PEI business to transition to PEI on a work permit prior to receiving 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.