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Critical Worker

Foreign workers with at least two years of relevant experience in semi-skilled and unskilled occupations may be eligible to apply for the Critical Worker stream of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP).

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Program Requirements

Express Entry ProfileNo
Connection to ProvinceWork Experience
Job OfferYes
Language ProficiencyCLB 4
Level of EducationHigh school
Work ExperienceNOC C or D
2 years
Investment RequirementNone

Connection to PEI

To be eligible, candidates must have worked in PEI for a minimum of six months for the PEI employer making the job offer. The candidate must have a valid work permit authorizing them to work for the PEI employer.


Job Offer

Candidates must have a permanent, full-time job offer from their current PEI employer. The job offer must be in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level C or D occupation.


Language Proficiency

All candidates must have official language test results demonstrating proficiency in English or French consistent with Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4.


Level of Education

Candidates must have at least completed secondary school.


Work Experience

Candidates must have at least two years of work experience or education relevant to their job offer in the past five years.



Candidates must be between 18 and 59 years old to be eligible to apply to this stream.


Settlement Funds

Candidates must meet the settlement funds requirement as determined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).


Intention to Reside

Candidates must demonstrate an intention to reside in PEI.

Application Procedure

The Critical Worker stream operates on an Expression of Interest (EOI) system. Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria must submit a profile to PEI’s pool of candidates. All of the candidates in the pool will then be ranked against each other based on the PEI Labour Impact Category Ranking System. The highest-ranking candidates will be invited to submit a complete application to the stream in one of the category’s periodic draws. Successful candidates will be issued a provincial nomination from PEI.

After receiving a provincial nomination, an applicant has six months to submit a federal application for Canadian permanent residence. Applicants in this program must complete and submit a paper-based application for permanent residence and submit it by mail to the appropriate application centre. Paper-based PNP applications for permanent residence are generally processed within 18 months.

Labour Impact Category Ranking System

If a candidate meets all of the eligibility requirements for the PEI PNP Critical Worker stream, they may create a profile in the PEI EOI system. Applicants will be awarded up to 100 assessment points based on their age, language, education, work experience, employment, and adaptability.

Overview of Factors

FactorSkilled WorkerCritical WorkerInternational Graduate
Work experience2020N/A
Maximum Points100100100


AgeSkilled Worker in PEISkilled Worker Outside PEIInternational GraduateCritical Worker
Over 490000


Proficiency in English or FrenchSkilled Worker in PEISkilled Worker Outside PEICritical Worker
Employer signed PEI PNP-L06 Employer Language Declaration2020N/A
CLB/NCLC 10202020
CLB/NCLC 9202020
CLB/NCLC 8171717
CLB/NCLC 7151515
CLB/NCLC 6101010


Level of EducationSkilled Worker in PEISkilled Worker Outside PEIInternational GraduateCritical Worker
Master's or Doctoral (PhD) level15153510
Post-secondary degree - program of at least 3 years of full-time study12122010
Post-secondary diploma in a trade that requires at least 2 years of full-time study10102010
High schoolN/AN/AN/A15

Work Experience

Work ExperienceSkilled Worker in PEISkilled Worker Outside PEICritical Worker
6 or more years202020
4-6 years151515
2-4 years101010
Up to 2 years000


EmploymentSkilled Worker in PEISkilled Worker Outside PEIInternational GraduateCritical Worker
Working in a permanent full-time position in PEI with a valid work permit5N/A55
Job offer in PEI related to field of study10101010
Foreign qualification with the regulated body in PEI. (Not an ECA)5555
One year or more of continuous full-time work experience in PEI5555


AdapdabilitySkilled Worker in PEISkilled Worker Outside PEIInternational GraduateCritical Worker
The applicant has a close relative that is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in PEI for at least 12 consecutive months5555
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 French5555
The applicant currently owns residential property in PEI for at least 12 consecutive months5555
The applicant graduated from a recognized PEI post-secondary institution5555
The applicant's spouse or common-law partner has at least 3 years of work
experience in the last 5 years
The applicant's dependent children have been enrolled in a PEI educational institution for a minimum of 6 consecutive months55N/A5

PEI Labour Impact and Express Entry Recent Draws

DateStreamNumber of InvitationsScore Range
20 February 2020Labour Impact / Express Entry143NA
16 January 2020Labour Impact / Express Entry110NA
19 December 2019Labour Impact / Express Entry117NA
21 November 2019Labour Impact / Express Entry157NA
17 October 2019Labour Impact / Express Entry146NA
15 August 2019Labour Impact / Express Entry133NA
18 July 2019Labour Impact / Express Entry118NA
20 June 2019Labour Impact / Express Entry106NA
16 May 2019Labour Impact / Express Entry90NA
18 April 2019Labour Impact / Express Entry113NA
March 21, 2019Labour Impact / Express Entry131NA
February 21, 2019Labour Impact / Express Entry170NA
January 17, 2019Labour Impact / Express Entry61NA
December 20, 2018Labour Impact / Express Entry65NA
November 15, 2018Labour Impact / Express Entry147NA
October 18, 2018Labour Impact / Express Entry270NA
September 20, 2018Labour Impact / Express Entry116NA
August 16, 2018Labour Impact / Express Entry111NA
July 19, 2018Labour Impact / Express Entry75NA
June 21, 2018Labour Impact60NA
June 21, 2018Express Entry32NA
May 17, 2018Labour Impact56NA
May 17, 2018Express Entry22NA
April 19, 2018Labour Impact7722-85
April 19, 2018Express Entry7537-87
March 15, 2018Labour Impact / Express Entry72NA
February 15, 2018Labour Impact / Express Entry59NA

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