PEI Critical Worker Stream

PEI Critical Worker Stream

October 6, 2019

Prince Edward Island (PEI) is a small province which is located in the East of Canada. With its advantages in geography and climate, it has been known for seasonal industries such as agriculture, tourism or the fishery. However, since over the last decade, this province significantly developed in innovation. Some keys areas are aerospace, bioscience, IT and communication.

About the program

Critical Workers stream is one of the four streams in Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) alongside PEI PNP Express Entry, Skilled Worker in PEI, and Skilled Worker Outside Canada. This stream is suitable for people who have already lived in PEI, and they are low – skilled workers.


1. Background:

  • From 18 to 59 years old.
  • Have the genuine intention to settle in PEI.

2. Skilled work experience: 

  • Have the full – time job offer (permanent or at least 2 years) from a PEI employer.
  • The job must be under skill level C (intermediate jobs) or D (manual jobs) of NOC (National Occupation Classification).
  • Have worked a minimum of six months full-time for the PEI employer who gives job offer.
  • Have at least two years of full-time work experience or relevant education in the last five years.
  • Have a valid work permit to work in Canada.

Note: Since June 2019, PEI Critical Workers stream accepts the trucking sector.

3. Language ability:

You can take English or French. The minimum requirement is 4 in the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)/Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC).

4. Education:

Complete at least a secondary school program.

5. Sufficient Funds

You need to prove that you have enough money for you and your family to live in PEI, including travel costs. PEI authorities do not provide detailed information, but you can depend on the minimum funds required by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the Express Entry program:

1 person: $12,669 CAD
2 persons: $15,772 CAD
3 persons: $19,390 CAD
4 persons: $23,542 CAD
5 persons: $26,701 CAD
6 persons: $30,114 CAD
7 persons: $33,528 CAD
For each additional family member $3,414 CAD


1. Expression of Interest

You create an account on Expression of Interest (EOI) and update your profile on the system. You will then be ranked based on these fields:

  • Age
  • Language
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Employment 
  • Adaptability

2. Invitation to apply

Highest ranking candidates then will be received an invitation to apply the PEI PNP. There is an instruction that is given to you through your mail, and you have to complete all forms required by the province and the Federal. Here is the list of forms you have to fill:

3. Submit application

After completing the forms, you send them and the evidence of application fee payment of CAD$300 (can be bank draft, certified cheque, or money order) to:

Office of Immigration
94 Euston Street, 2nd Floor
PO Box 1176
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 7M8

4. Apply for Canadian PR

The authorities then check your application. If they accept, you will receive the nomination to apply for permanent residence. Read the Document Checklist Permanent Residence – Provincial Nominee Class and Quebec Skilled Worker to prepare documents that must accompany your application to IRCC. You then send all your documents to the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) – Sydney.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship
Provincial Nominee Class
Centralized Intake Office
PO BOX 1450
Sydney, NS
B1P 6K5

If you are approved to permanent residence, you must report to the Office within 30 days after landing in Canada. You may report in person to 94 Euston Street, 2nd floor, or email to schedule an appointment. 


Besides the amount you have to pay for the Permanent Residence process, you have to pay the additional fee for PEI to complete your nomination:

  • Application for Nomination by PEI, $CAD300
  • Your application with right of permanent residence fee (include spouse/partner or not): $CAD 1,040
  • Your application without right of permanent residence fee (include spouse/partner or not): $CAD 550
  • If you include dependent child: $CAS 150 per child
  • Biometrics (if you have not done before): $CAD 85 per person, maximum $CAD 170 for family
  • Medical checkups
  • Language tests
  • Police certificate
  • Other fees

How long does it take?

You have to wait up to 19 months including the time for biometrics to receive the outcome. Besides, you can experience delays if:

  • Your photocopies of the documents are unclear.
  • Verification of your information and documents takes more time than expected.
  • A medical condition that may need more tests or consultations.
  • A criminal or security problem.
  • Consultation is needed with other offices in Canada and abroad.



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