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Prince Edward Island

 Immigrate to Prince Edward Island 

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…

  • International Graduates

  • PEI Express Entry

  • Skilled Workers on PEI

  • Skilled Workers outside Canada

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.

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

Score at least 50 points on the Labour Impact Self-Assessment.

Have a full-time, long-term (i.e. permanent or minimum of 2 years) job offer from a PEI employer in NOC skill level C or D (link is external) 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 at the Office of Immigration, if required.

  • Possess a minimum education of high-school equivalent.

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 59.

  • Have at least two years of full-time work experience or relevant education in the past 5 years.

  • Provide a valid language test result obtained within the last 2 years. A minimum standard of Canadian Language Benchmark/Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens 4 in each of the four categories (listening, reading, writing and speaking) is required.

  • Have sufficient financial resources to pay all immigration costs (including travel expenses) for you and your family to be able to establish in PEI.

  • Demonstrate a genuine intention to settle in PEI.

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.

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

  • Score at least 50 points on the Labour Impact Self-Assessment.

  • Have a full-time long-term (i.e. permanent or minimum of 2 years) job offer from a PEI employer in NOC skill level O, A, or B (link is external).

  • Have worked a minimum of six months for the PEI employer.

  • Have a valid post-graduate work permit and legal status in Canada.

  • Be able to attend an interview at the Office of Immigration, if required.

  • Have successfully completed a post secondary degree or diploma (minimum 2 year program) from an accredited 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.

  • Demonstrate a genuine intention to settle in PEI.

PEI Express Entry

Please be advised that the Province of PEI has filled its 2016 Express Entry allocation this calendar year.  Our office will continue to review applications that may potentially be considered in the new year, based on program criteria.  We thank you for your patience in relation to this matter and would be happy to discuss Provincial Nominee Program criteria that you may also consider.

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.

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.

 The following factors will increase your chances of nomination by PEI:

  • You are currently living and working in PEI.

  • You have strong family connections to PEI.

  • You have experience working in an area that has a skill shortage in PEI.

  • You have a job offer from a PEI employer.

Skilled Workers on 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.

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

  • Score at least 50 points on the Labour Impact Self-Assessment.

  • Have a full-time long-term (i.e. permanent or minimum of 2 years) job offer from a PEI employer in NOC skill level O, A, or B (link is external).

  • Have a valid work permit to be working in Canada.

  • Be able to attend an interview at the Office of Immigration, if required.

  • Have successfully completed a post secondary degree or diploma (minimum 2 year program).

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 59.

  • Have at least two years of full-time work experience in the past 5 years.

  • 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.

  • Demonstrate a genuine intention to settle in PEI.

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.

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

  • Score at least 50 points on the Labour Impact Self-Assessment.

  • Have a full-time long-term (i.e. permanent or minimum of 2 years) job offer from a PEI employer in NOC skill level O, A, or B (link is external).

  • Have legal status in country of residence.

  • Be able to attend an interview at the Office of Immigration, if required.

  • Have successfully completed a post secondary degree or diploma (minimum 2 year program).

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 59.

  • Have at least two years of full-time work experience in the past 5 years.

  • 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.

  • Demonstrate a genuine intention to settle in PEI.

Immigrate to PEI as an Entrepreneur

  • 100% Ownership Stream

  • Buy or Sell a PEI Business

  • Partial Ownership Stream

  • Work Permit Stream

Buy or Sell a PEI Business

If you would like to post your business for sale you must create your profile and submit a completed registration/business listing form.

  • Register to create your profile

  • Once you are registered, you may Sign in to the site using the email address and password provided for your profile.

  • Explore Business Opportunities in PEI

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 extensive management or business-ownership experience who would like to own and operate their own business in PEI.

To be eligible for nomination through the 100% Ownership stream you must:

  • Score a minimum of 50 points on the self-assessment.

  • 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 high 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 band score of 4.0 on an IELTS test (link is external).

  • Intend to live and work in PEI and provide day-to-day active and ongoing management of your company from PEI.

  • Attend an interview with staff from the Office of Immigration.

  • Sign an escrow agreement with the Province and submit a $200,000 deposit, which will be refunded upon you meeting the terms and conditions of the escrow agreement.

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 extensive management or business-ownership experience who would like to move to PEI on a temporary basis to start their business, and eventually become a permanent resident. Acquiring

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

  • Score a minimum of 50 points on the self-assessment.

  • 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 high 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 band score of 4.0 on an IELTS test.

  • Live and work in PEI, and provide day-to-day active and ongoing management of the 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.

To be eligible for nomination through the Partial Ownership stream you must:

  • Score a minimum of 50 points on the self-assessment.

  • 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 high 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 band score of 4.0 on an IELTS

  • Intend to live and work in PEI, and provide day-to-day active and ongoing management of the PEI-based company.

  • Attend an interview with staff from the Office of Immigration.

  • Sign an escrow agreement with the Province and submit a $200,000 deposit, which will be refunded upon you meeting the terms and conditions of the escrow agreement.

PEI Business Owners

  • Buy or Sell a PEI Business

  • Finding an Investor / Business Partner

  • Selling Your Business to a Newcomer

  • Supporting a Worker for Immigration

PEI Business Owners

  • Buy or Sell a PEI Business

This is an online platform to connect people who would like to buy or sell a PEI business. To Post a Listing If you would like to post your business for sale you must create your profile and submit a completed registration/business listing form. …

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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.

  • 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.

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 and you should consider posting your business on the peibusinessesforsale.com (link is external) website.

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.

What businesses are ineligible?

The following businesses are considered ineligible:

  • Any business or member of an associated/related group of companies that has received investment through the Provincial Nominee Program within the past 48 months.

  • Bed and breakfasts, hobby farms, and home-based businesses

  • If the business is an Inn or Boutique Hotel, it must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Have at least 5 rental units, each having at least a three-piece bath

  • Have revenues of at least $100,000 in the last operating year, supported by financial statements or a tax return

  • Have eligible operating expenses of at least $75,000 in the last operating year, supported by financial statements or a tax return

  • Pay day loan, cheque cashing, money changing, and cash machine businesses

  • Pawnbrokers

  • Sale of used goods (excluding collectibles, or where the business provides value-added services such as repairs, refurbishing, or recycling)

  • Real estate development, unless deemed to be a significant economic benefit to the PEI economy

  • If the business is in the real estate development sector, the applicant must :

  • Must invest a minimum of $1,000,000 in a commercial building or $1,500,000 in a residential building.

  • Must contain a minimum of 8 rental units if it is a residential building or 4 units if it is a commercial building.

  • Must demonstrate the ability to employ a minimum of 1 full-time employee.

  • Meet all other terms and conditions of their escrow agreement, including residency requirements, and minimum operating expenses of $75,000.

  • More than one applicant may be able to invest in the venture if it can be demonstrated that the investment will meet the terms and conditions of escrow agreement.

  • The Office of Immigration will allow 20 applicants to invest in real estate ventures and will review these businesses to ensure the investment meets the desired economic outcomes of the program.

  • Applicants must receive written approval from the Office of Immigration before purchasing or investing in a real estate development to ensure the program criteria is met as outlined in the escrow agreement.

  • Real estate, insurance, or business brokerage

  • Businesses started for the sole purpose of gaining access to immigrant investment through the program

  • Professional practices, financial services, and consulting services

  • Any other type of business that by association would tend to bring the program or the government of PEI into disrepute.

  • An entity that cannot issue shares

  • An entity as described in IRPA 87(6)(a)

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 and you should consider posting your business on the peibusinessesforsale.com (link is external) website

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.

  • What businesses are ineligible?

  • The following businesses are considered ineligible:

  • Any business or member of an associated group of companies that has received investment through the Provincial Nominee Program within the past 48 months.

  • Start up businesses, unless it is a newly incorporated company creased from an existing PEI business’ assets which satisfies the following conditions:

  • The PEI Business provides $150,000 in assets to the new company;

  • The new company is a stand-alone business entity without reliance on the original business; and

  • The PEI business owner has sufficient expertise in the new company’s area of operation.

  • Bed and breakfasts, hobby farms, and home-based businesses

  • If the business is an Inn or Boutique Hotel, it must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Have at least 5 rental units, each having at least a three-piece bath

  • Have revenues of at least $100,000 in the last operating year, supported by financial statements or a tax return

  • Have eligible operating expenses of at least $75,000 in the last operating year, supported by financial statements or a tax return

  • Pay day loan, cheque cashing, money changing, and cash machine businesses

  • Pawnbrokers

  • Sale of used goods (excluding collectibles, or where the business provides value-added services such as repairs, refurbishing, or recycling)

  • Real estate development, unless deemed to be a significant economic benefit to the PEI economy

  • If the business is in the real estate development sector, the applicant must :

  • Must invest a minimum of $1,000,000 in a commercial building or $1,500,000 in a residential building.

  • Must contain a minimum of 8 rental units if it is a residential building or 4 units if it is a commercial building.

  • Must demonstrate the ability to employ a minimum of 1 full-time employee.

  • Meet all other terms and conditions of their escrow agreement, including residency requirements, and minimum operating expenses of $75,000.

  • More than one applicant may be able to invest in the venture if it can be demonstrated that the investment will meet the terms and conditions of escrow agreement.

  • The Office of Immigration will allow 20 applicants to invest in real estate ventures and will review these businesses to ensure the investment meets the desired economic outcomes of the program.

  • Applicants must receive written approval from the Office of Immigration before purchasing or investing in a real estate development to ensure the program criteria is met as outlined in the escrow agreement.

  • Real estate, insurance, or business brokerage

  • Businesses started for the sole purpose of gaining access to immigrant investment through the program

  • Professional practices, financial services, and consulting services

  • Any other type of business that by association would tend to bring the program or the government of PEI into disrepute

  • An entity that cannot issue shares

  • An entity as described in IRPA 87(6)(a)

    From Prince Edward Island immigration web site

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