Individuals wishing to get their feet wet with the realities of living and operating a business in PEI may take advantage of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nomination Program (PEI PNP) Work Permit Stream.
Successful applicants will be issued a temporary work permit from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) so that they may begin their Canadian entrepreneurial journey prior to being granted provincial nomination, and, subsequently, Canadian permanent residence.
|Express Entry Profile||No|
|Connection to Province||No|
|Language Proficiency||CLB 4|
|Level of Education||High school|
|Work Experience||Business ownership and management|
|Investment Requirement||Investment: $150,000 CAD
Personal Net Worth: $600,000 CAD
To be eligible for the PEI Work Permit stream, candidates must provide official language test results demonstrating language proficiency in English or French consistent with Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4.
Level of Education
Candidates must have completed at least secondary school education.
Since the Work Permit stream is a Business Impact immigration program, candidates must have work experience that demonstrates management skills and business ownership experience.
Candidates for the Work Permit stream must have a personal net worth of at least $600,000 CAD. They must come to Canada on a work permit and operate a business for at least one year before they will receive a provincial nomination for permanent residence. Candidates must sign a performance agreement with the province.
Performance Agreement: A performance agreement is an agreement signed with PEI that outlines the conditions under the candidate will receive a nomination for permanent residence.
PEI will issue a provincial nomination to the candidate if the following conditions are met:
Candidates must be between 21 and 59 years old to be eligible to apply to this stream.
Intention to Reside
Candidates must demonstrate an intention to reside in PEI.
The PEI Work Permit 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 Business Impact Category Ranking System. The highest-ranking candidates will be invited to submit an application to the stream in one of the category’s periodic draws.
If they are selected in one of these draws, the candidate has 90 days to prepare and submit a complete application, including a business plan. The application fee for PEI Business Impact Category streams is $10,000 CAD. If this application is approved, the candidate will be invited to attend an interview with PEI’s Office of Immigration to discuss their background, work experience, education, proposed business, and settlement plan. If the business plan and application are approved, the candidate must submit a legal opinion letter from a Canadian lawyer stating that the application meets the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).
Once the legal opinion letter is received, the candidate will be issued a letter of support for a work permit. After receiving a letter of support, the candidate must apply for a temporary work permit from IRCC. If this application is successful, the candidate will be issued a work permit authorizing them to enter and work temporarily in Canada. Candidates are required to meet with a Settlement Officer within 30 days of landing in Canada as a temporary foreign worker to remain in compliance with their performance agreement and be nominated for permanent residence.
Once all of the conditions of the performance agreement have been met, the candidate will be issued a provincial nomination from PEI. After receiving a provincial nomination, the 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.
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.
|Business ownership or senior management experience||50|
|Proficiency in English or French||Points|
|Level of Education||Points (20 max)|
|Master's or Doctoral (PhD) level||20|
|Post-secondary degree - program of at least 3 years of full-time study||17|
|Post-secondary diploma in a trade that requires at least 2 years of full-time study||12|
|Business Ownership Experience|
|Owner (50% or more) and manager involved in the daily operations and have direct involvement in decision-making||At least 5 out of the last 7 years||50|
|At least 3 out of the last 5 years||40|
|Owner (20-50%) and manager involved in the daily operations and have direct involvement in decision-making||At least 5 out of the last 7 years||35|
|At least 3 out of the last 5 years||25|
|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 company||At least 5 out of the last 7 years||30|
|At least 3 out of the last 5 years||20|
|Received written endorsement from a rural community||35|
|Received written endorsement from a community within capital region||10|
|The applicant's dependent children have been enrolled in a PEI educational institution for a minimum of 6 consecutive months||10|
|The applicant's spouse or common-law partner successfully graduated from a PEI post-secondary institution||5|
|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 French||10|
|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 months||10|
|The applicant has experience farming, transferrable farming skills and plan to operate a farm in PEI||10|
|Date||Number of Invitations||Minimum Score|
|Apr 20, 2023||9||72|
|Mar 16, 2023||6||52|
|Feb 16, 2023||6||70|
|Sep 15, 2022||85||142|
|Aug 18, 2022||97||117|
|Jul 21, 2022||60||138|
|Jun 16, 2022||65||127|
|May 20, 2022||62||137|
|Apr 21, 2022||67||130|
|Mar 17, 2022||62||130|
|17 February 2022||6||67|
|20 January 2022||11||72|
|16 December 2021||11||67|
|18 November 2021||16||16|
|21 October 2021||9||72|
|16 September 2021||14||72|
|19 August 2021||9||72|
|15 July 2021||9||75|
|17 June 2021||12||60|
|20 May 2021||17||80|
|15 April 2021||16||75|
|18 March 2021||10||70|
|18 February 2021||19||82|
|21 January 2020||15||80|
|17 December 2020||21||85|
|19 November 2020||33||92|
|15 October 2020||27||97|
|17 September 2020||32||102|
|20 August 2020||28||112|
|16 July 2020||29||117|
|23 June 2020||20||117|
|20 February 2020||10||122|
|16 January 2020||13||125|
|20 December 2019||11||140|
|21 November 2019||14||130|
|17 October 2019||12||122|
|19 September 2019||13||115|
|15 August 2019||10||112|
|18 July 2019||17||112|
|20 June 2019||7||112|
|16 May 2019||14||107|
|18 April 2019||17||107|
|21 March 2019||19||110|
|21 February 2019||29||117|
|17 January 2019||30||120|
|20 December 2018||9||130|
|15 November 2018||29||130|
|18 October 2018||27||135|
|20 September 2018||8||152|
|16 August 2018||7||145|
|19 July 2018||50||135|
|21 June 2018||43||140|
|19 April 2018||17||135|
|15 March 2018||7||135|
|15 February 2018||9||117|
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