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.

This page will provide information on the following:

Eligibility requirements

Candidates for this category must be eligible for one of the following federal economic immigration classes managed through the Express Entry system:

Once a candidate is registered in the federal Express Entry system under one of the classes above, he or she must create a profile in PEI’s EOI system.

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.

Selection factors 

Selection factor Express Entry with job offer Express Entry without a job offer
Age 20 20
Language 20 20
Education 15 15
Work Experience 15 20
Employment 15 10
Adaptability 15 15
Maximum Points 100 100

Age

Points for age are awarded based on the date of birth provided in the EOI profile. The maximum points for age are 20:

Age Points
18-24 7
25-29 20
30-44 15
45-49 10
Over 49 0
Maximum points 20

Language proficiency

In order to receive language points candidates interested in applying to this category need to have a minimum language proficiency equivalent to a Canadian language Benchmark 7 or above. 

Points for language are awarded according to the following breakdown:

Language ability Points
CLB 9 & 10 20
CLB 8 15
CLB 7 10
Below CLB 7 0
Maximum points 20

Education

Candidates are awarded points for education based on the highest level of education completed.

Education credential Points
Master’s level or PhD from a graduate school of a college or university, after completion of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree 15
Post-secondary academic degree (Bachelor) from a college or that required at least three years of full-time study 12
Post-secondary diploma in a specific trade that required at least two years of full-time study after secondary school 10
Completion of secondary school 0
Maximum points 15

Work experience 

Candidates are awarded points for work experience based on the NOC listed in his or her Express Entry profile.

NOTE: Points in this category are weighted differently depending on whether a candidate has a job offer or not.

Work experience  Points
More than 6 years 20
4-6 years 15
2-4 years 10
1-2 years 5
Maximum points 20

NOTE: Points for employment are also weighted differently depending on whether a candidate has a job offer or not.

Employment Points
Working in PEI on a valid work permit 5
Job offer in PEI related to educational credentials 5
Overseas qualification verified with the regulated body in PEI. This is not an ECA. 5
Minimum 1-year continuous full-time work experience in PEI. 5
Maximum points 15

Adaptability 

Adaptablity factor  Points
Currently have close family member(s) living in PEI for at least 12 consecutive months who are permanent residents or Canadian citizens. 5
Spouse/common-law partner and/or dependent child(ren) have a language ability of CLB/NCLC 6 or higher in English or French 5
Currently, own residential property in PEI for at least 12 consecutive months. 5
Graduated from a recognized PEI post-secondary institution 5
Spouse/common-law partner has at least 3 years of work experience in the last 5 years 5
Dependent child(ren) have been enrolled in a PEI educational institution for at least 6 continuous months 5
Maximum points 15

 Application process

  1. Assess eligibility for federal economic programs.
  2. Create a profile in PEI’s EOI system.
  3. Successful profiles receive an invitation to apply and have up to 90 days to submit an application to the province.
  4. Prepare and submit an application with all the necessary original documents.
  5. Once a candidate receives a nomination from PEI, a candidate must submit an application for permanent residence to Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada using the Express Entry profile.

Candidates who are interested in applying to the PEI PNP Express Entry category must first submit an EOI form, which is posted on the PEI PNP's website for Express Entry. In order to use this form, candidates must have already created an Express Entry profile with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and be placed in the pool of candidates.

Since the EOI form is not a formal application to the PEI PNP, there is no submission fee. However, candidates who are invited to apply for provincial nomination and submit an application are required to pay an application fee of $300 CAD.

The PEI PNP does not guarantee that all Express Entry profiles submitted will be reviewed or accepted. Successful candidates will receive a provincial nomination from PEI, resulting in 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System points and an ITA for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.

EOI Draw Schedule for Labour Market and Express Entry categories

NOTE: The dates below reflect an expected draw schedule released by the PEI Office of Immigration. The Office of Immigration reserves the right to modify the schedule based on program requirements. This table will be updated periodically. 

Date Invitations 
February 15, 2018 59 candidates
March 15, 2018 72 candidates
April 19, 2018

77 Labour candidates

75 Express Entry candidates

May 17, 2018

56 Labour candidates

22 Express Entry candidates

June 21, 2018

60 Labour candidates

32 Express Entry candidates

July 19, 2018 75 Labour and Express Entry candidates 
August 16, 2018 111 Labour and Express Entry candidates 
September 20, 2018 116 Labour and Express Entry candidates 
October 18, 2018 270 Labour and Express Entry candidates 
November 15, 2018 TBA
December 20, 2018 TBA

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