Canada PR through Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program

Author: Parminder Singh LL.B (Canada)

Under PEI PNP, an applicant can acquire Canada PR status in three ways:

  • 1. Skilled Worker Stream
  • 2. Critical Worker Stream (Low skilled trades)
  • 3. Business Stream (PR or Work permit options)

1. Skilled Worker Stream

To be eligible, the applicant:

  • Must score minimum score of 50 on the self-assessment grid
  • Must have a full-time job offer from a Prince Edward Island employer at a NOC skill level 0, A or B.
  • Must have completed post-secondary education with a minimum of 14 years of education.
  • Should be between 21 and 55 years of age.
  • Should have at least two years of full-time work experience within the past five years.
  • Must possess sufficient English and/or French language ability to perform the job duties. Language ability may be proven by one of the following:
    • IELTS 5 bands in each of listening, speaking and writing ability and 4 bands in reading ability or
    • Declaration of language ability from the employer offering the full time job; or
    • Educational documents from an internationally recognized institution, indicating the principal language studied was in English and/or French.
  • Must demonstrate sufficient settlement supports and financial resources to pay the immigration costs and travel expenses to establish in Prince Edward Island.
  • Must demonstrate genuine intention to live and work in Prince Edward Island.
  • Must have necessary credentials or license to be eligible to work in the occupation in Prince Edward Island.

Skilled Worker Employer Requirements

The employer is responsible for ensuring:

  • The applicant meets the necessary education and licensing requirements to be eligible to work in the trade in Prince Edward Island.
  • Employment contract is provided, which includes the terms and conditions of the full-time job offer
  • Settlement support is provided to the applicant and the family to help them establish.
  • Labour Market Opinion (LMO) is provided.
  • Proof of unsuccessful recruitment efforts in Canada has been given and the position is critical to the employers business.

Notes:

  • PEI nominee program establishes nomination targets for the program. Priority is given to applicants who demonstrate the greatest potential to economically establish in the province.
  • PEI nominee program makes no representation of processing times for permanent resident visas by CIC

2. Critical Worker Stream (Low Skilled Worker) 

Currently, the following trades are eligible under critical worker stream

  1. Truck driver,
  2. Customer service representative,
  3. Labourer,
  4. Food & beverage server and
  5. House-keeping

To be eligible, the applicant,

  • Must score minimum score of 50 on the self-assessment grid
  • Must have a job offer from a Prince Edward Island employer in skill type C or D of NOC matrix in one of the above mentioned trades:
  • Must have worked a minimum of 6 months for the Prince Edward Island employer.
  • Must have received a high school diploma of grade 12.
  • Should be between 21 and 55 years old.
  • Should have at least two years work experience within the past five years.
  • Must possess sufficient English and/or French language ability to perform the job duties. Language ability may be proven by one of the following:
    • IELTS 4 bands 4.5 listening, 4 speaking, 4 writing, 3.5 reading; or
    • Declaration of language ability from the employer offering the full time job; or
    • Educational documents from an internationally recognized institution, indicating the principal language studied was in English and/or French.
  • Must demonstrate sufficient settlement supports and financial resources to pay the immigration costs and travel expenses to establish in Prince Edward Island.
  • Must demonstrate genuine intention to live and work in Prince Edward Island.

The employer is responsible for ensuring:

  • The applicant meets the necessary education and licensing requirements to be eligible to work in the trade in Prince Edward Island.
  • Employment contract is provided, which includes the terms and conditions of the full-time job offer
  • Settlement support is provided to the applicant and the family to help them establish.
  • Labour Market Opinion (LMO) is provided.
  • Proof of unsuccessful recruitment efforts in Canada has been given and the position is critical to the employers business.

Notes:

  • PEI nominee program establishes nomination targets for the program. Priority is given to applicants who demonstrate the greatest potential to economically establish in the province.
  • PEI nominee program makes no representation of processing times for permanent resident visas by CIC

3. Business stream

Applicants can apply for a Work permit before applying for permanent residence. However the eligibility criteria remains the same whether applying for PR or work permit.

To be eligible, the applicant:

  • Must have the age, education, work experience, adaptability and language skills to establish a business in the intended province.
  • Must provide proof of 5 bands in IELTS (no more than 3 year old) OR sign a language deposit agreement and deposit $20,000.
  • Must have a net worth of at least $400,000 CAD.
  • Must invest $150,000 CAD to start or purchase an eligible and must control 100% of the business. OR Must control over 33 1/3% of the equity in the business or make an equity investment in the business of at least $1,000,000 CAD.
  • Must deposit $100,000 CAD with the government, to be returned without interest after the agreement is fulfilled.
  • Must submit a business plan after visiting Prince Edward Island

Priority Sectors

  • Export-oriented business.
  • Businesses that utilize resources from Fishery, Forestry and Agriculture
  • Businesses that help diversification of rural economies
  • Development of the province’s emerging innovative sectors: information technology, aerospace, bioscience and renewable energy.
  • The business must contribute to one or more of the following:
    • Increasing value-added manufacturing and processing
    • Increasing exports of goods or services
    • Increasing tourism and tourism attractions excluding all new construction
    • Increasing research and development
    • Increasing technology and specialized know-how to the province
    • Servicing an underserved local market
    • Diversifying retail and restaurant investment

Ineligible Businesses

  • Bed and breakfasts, hobby farms and home-based businesses
  • Currency, pay day loans, check cashing
  • Pawnbrokers
  • Sale of used goods (excluding collectibles, or services such as repairs recycling or refurbishing)
  • Real estate development or brokerage, insurance or business brokerage
  • Businesses aimed at raising finances through immigrant investment
  • Professional practices
  • Financial services
  • Consulting services
  • Any other type of business that may bring the program into disrepute.
  • A business that cannot issue shares.