Frequently asked questions about the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP).

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) is a program that allows Prince Edward Island to nominate immigrants to fill the economic and labour market needs of the province.
Yes, PEI has an immigration stream aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system, also referred to as an enhanced Express Entry stream. This stream is called PEI PNP Express Entry (see question 6 for more information). By receiving an enhanced provincial nomination from this stream, candidates receive an extra 600 Comprehensive Ranking System  (CRS) points, resulting in an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for permanent residence being issued at a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool. 
Applying to the PEI PNP is a two-step process. Candidates interested in living and working permanently in Prince Edward Island should first review the different PEI PNP streams to determine if they are eligible: 

Step 1: Once a complete application is submitted along with all supporting documentation, the processing time for eligible applications can be up to three months or more.

Step 2: Apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC) for a permanent resident visa within six months of receiving your nominee certificate. Applicants, along with their spouse/common-law partner and dependents, if applicable, must meet all requirements for medical, security and criminal admissibility. IRCC has the final authority to issue a permanent resident visa.

The province accepts applicants under this category from individuals who wish to invest in and actively manage a business in PEI. The category is broken into three streams:

  • 100% Ownership Stream
  • Partial Ownership Stream
  • Work Permit Stream

To learn more about the PEI PNP Business Impact Category and its three streams, click here.

The province accepts applicants under this category from individuals who possess skills and experience that are needed in PEI’s labour market. The category is divided into three sub-categories:

  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Critical Worker Stream
  • International Graduate Stream

To learn more about the PEI PNP Labour Impact Category and its three streams, click here.

Candidates who are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool by qualifying for one of the federal economic immigration programs (Federal Skilled Worker ClassFederal Skilled Trades Class, or Canadian Experience Class) and who 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.
As part of any PNP application, applicants are required to submit a Settlement Plan indicating why they wish to live in the province and how they intend to settle. Applicants are also required to sign an ‘intention to reside’ document with their application. That being said, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms ensures that all Canadian citizens and permanent residents are allowed to work and reside in any location across Canada. Once an individual obtains Canadian permanent residence, he or she has the right to work and reside in any Canadian province or territory. 


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