Business Impact

PEI is seeking experienced business people and entrepreneurs with the skills needed to help propel its provincial economy forward while creating job opportunities for other Canadian citizens and permanent residents alike.

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Individuals wishing to invest in and manage a Prince Edward Island business can take advantage of the Work Permit stream of business immigration through the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP). The PEI Business Impact category currently includes one stream:

Important Updates

As of September 2018, PEI closed two Business Impact streams. Both the PEI 100% Ownership Stream and the PEI Partial Ownership Streams have been closed. These programs are not expected to open in the near future.

PEI Work Permit

The PEI Work Permit stream provides eligible applicants with the opportunity to come to PEI on a temporary work permit to establish a business. Once the business has been in operation for at least one year, the applicant will receive a provincial nomination for permanent residency.

PEI Business Impact Ranking System

If a candidate meets all of the eligibility requirements outlined by PEI PNP, they will be able to create a profile in the Expression of Interest (EOI) system. An applicant’s profile will be awarded up to 200 assessment points based on their age, language, education, business ownership or management experience, community endorsement, and adaptability.

Overview of Factors

FactorMax Points
Business ownership or senior management experience50
Community endorsement35
Maximum Points200


Over 540

Language Proficiency

Proficiency in English or FrenchPoints


Level of EducationPoints (20 max)
Master's or Doctoral (PhD) level20
Post-secondary degree - program of at least 3 years of full-time study17
Post-secondary diploma in a trade that requires at least 2 years of full-time study12
High school0

Work Experience

Work ExperiencePoints
Business Ownership Experience
Owner (50% or more) and manager involved in the daily operations and have direct involvement in decision-makingAt least 5 out of the last 7 years50
At least 3 out of the last 5 years40
Owner (20-50%) and manager involved in the daily operations and have direct involvement in decision-makingAt least 5 out of the last 7 years35
At least 3 out of the last 5 years25
Senior Management Experience
Senior Manager involved in daily operations as a primary decision maker and supervising a staff of at least 3 people. Less than 20% ownership in the companyAt least 5 out of the last 7 years30
At least 3 out of the last 5 years20
Maximum points50

Community Endorsement

Community EndorsementPoints
Received written endorsement from a rural community35
Received written endorsement from a community within capital region10


The applicant's dependent children have been enrolled in a PEI educational institution for a minimum of 6 consecutive months10
The applicant's spouse or common-law partner successfully graduated from a PEI post-secondary institution5
The applicant's spouse or common-law partner and/or their dependent children have a language ability of CLB 6 or higher in English or French10
The applicant's spouse or common-law partner has at least 3 years of work
experience in the last 5 years
The applicant has a close relative that is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in PEI for at least 12 consecutive months10
The applicant has experience farming, transferrable farming skills and plan to operate a farm in PEI10

PEI Business Impact Recent Draws

DateNumber of InvitationsMinimum Score
Apr 20, 2023972
Mar 16, 2023652
Feb 16, 2023 670
Sep 15, 202285142
Aug 18, 202297117
Jul 21, 202260138
Jun 16, 202265127
May 20, 202262137
Apr 21, 202267130
Mar 17, 202262130
17 February 2022667
20 January 20221172
16 December 202111 67
18 November 20211616
21 October 2021972
16 September 20211472
19 August 2021972
15 July 2021975
17 June 20211260
20 May 20211780
15 April 20211675
18 March 20211070
18 February 20211982
21 January 20201580
17 December 20202185
19 November 20203392
15 October 20202797
17 September 202032102
20 August 202028112
16 July 202029117
23 June 202020117
20 February 202010122
16 January 202013125
20 December 201911140
21 November 201914130
17 October 201912122
19 September 201913115
15 August 201910112
18 July 201917112
20 June 20197112
16 May 201914107
18 April 201917107
21 March 201919110
21 February 201929117
17 January 201930120
20 December 20189130
15 November 201829130
18 October 201827135
20 September 20188152
16 August 20187145
19 July 201850135
21 June 201843140
19 April 201817135
15 March 20187135
15 February 20189117

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