Immigrating to The Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada

The orange-red leaves expanding on the earth, as far as the eyes can reach, surrounding the rolling mountains and carpeting the forest roads. Ah, the nature! Are you confused where does this little nature talk come into the picture? Well, you would start imagining the same if you get to know about this Canadian heaven called “The Province of Gardens”, commonly known as the Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Adorned with the lush texture of greenery and endless blue ocean, this crescent-shaped island attracts the very soul of immigrants as their ultimate destination and continues to stand out among the Atlantic regions.


Things you should Know before making PEI your dream home

Prince Edward Island

Demographics, Government, Culture & Population

The province of Prince Edward Island, Canada is named after Augustus, the Duke of Kent and the father of Queen Victoria. With a reputation of being the smallest Canadian province, PEI is the home to 140, 000 people (in approx). Even so, the population density is higher than any other Canadian region, thanks to the immigration-friendly policies and tourism facilities.

Prince Edward Island has its own parliament situated in Charlottetown, the province capital, where half of the provincial population lives. The citizens of PEI are known as the “islanders” and still carry the traces of their proud history to this date.

Coming to culture, I must say they are the friendliest people. If you are longing for a pastoral town; a little laid-back life yet embraces modernity, PEI is just for you.

Industrialization, Education, and Economy

The province of Prince Edward Island, Canada offers career opportunities for many of its booming industries, such as Information technology, Bioscience, Aerospace, tourism, and agriculture. Because of the growing business community and advanced manufacturing, PEI delivers the best products to the market.

Here is a strategic analysis of PEI’s job market and employment in 2017 (last half)

Quarterly data 4th quarter    3rd quarter    Quarterly variation number
Labour force (‘000)  81.6  81.2  0.4
Employment (‘000)  73.8  73.5  0.3
Full-time (‘000)  61.7  60.6  1.1
Part-time (‘000)  12.2  12.8  -0.6
Unemployment (‘000)  7.8  7.7  0.1
Unemployment rate (%)  9.6  9.4  0.2
Participation rate (%)  65.6  65.4  0.2
Employment rate (%)  59.4  59.2  0.2
Source: Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey – CANSIM Table 282-0087

Besides the constant increase in employment rate, in 2017, a higher number of part-timers have shifted to full-time jobs. We believe this is the result of PEI ‘s effort to encourage the labor market by introducing AIPP (Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program) stream to assist the international students. The program enables the foreign students to get into the job market and settle in the province permanently.

In addition, the province of Prince Edward Island has a high standard education system for its permanent residents. As a PR holder, you can get free education from an early childhood to 12th grade. Also, for those, who wish to enter into the skilled trade programs after secondary schooling, the province offers them training to find proper jobs.

The cost of living is quite lower in comparison to the other Canadian provinces due to the economic growth. That is why this coastal region is affordable for the average earning families to get a standard life.


How to apply for PEI (Prince Edward Island, Canada)?

Below are the Guidelines published by The Prince Edward Island immigration office emphasizing how candidates can apply for permanent residence under its new expression of interest system.

In V&P, we support applicants who fall under the Federal Skilled Worker class. If you are one, you must satisfy these requirements:

  1. First and foremost, the applicant must be in the Express Entry pool.
  2. The candidate must have a full-time employment offer in PEI to be nominated for Canadian permanent residence, classified under the skill level “0”, “A” or “B” of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
  3. Candidate must have Completed the post-secondary education with a minimum of 14 years of formal education.
  4. He/she has to provide the evidence for 2 years (at least) of full-time work experience in the past 5 years.
  5. The candidate should have proficiency in English or French.
  6. Sufficient settlement funds are mandatory to show to settle in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

If you are not sure about your eligibility, or which class you belong to, make sure you give us a call, our Global Immigration Experts will support you!

Immigrating to most popular Canadian provinces without a Job offer

Many provinces in Canada select potential applicants based on their government rules in order to meet the skills shortage in the labor market. Among all the requirements, the main challenge to qualify a PNP is getting a permanent employment offer in hand, which is exactly the main concern of immigrants who want to immigrate to PEI.

In truth, provinces like Ontario, Nova Scotia used to have one pathway for immigrants. That is to have a job offer or work permit. On the other hand, there was no “In-demand” occupation list. 

But things have been changing with the time and needs. Now you can be selected for these provinces without having a job offer. All you have to do is submit your application in the EE pool. And if you are one of the candidates with the in-demand occupation, minimum CRS score, meeting other necessary requirements, you would get the invitation under any of these PNPs.

Likewise, SINP (Saskatchewan immigrant nominee program), QSWP (Immigration Quebec Skilled worker Program) has its own immigration conditions which need to be met in order to obtain a Canada PR.

That is why, with the increasing demand for Federal Skilled Workers in Canada, and with the booming economy across all provinces, we expect PEI to follow the same pattern, and open its PNP to qualified applicants independently from whether they have a permanent offer letter or not.

Wrapping up

Thus and so, moving forward with a PNP application is not easy especially if you are not familiar with the process and rules. Of course, we are here to help you as a leading visa and immigration consultancy in India with a team of Global Immigration Experts who will counsel and guide you for a smooth and successful visa process. Call us today!

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