PEI Critical Workers

The Critical Workers target foreign workers with at least two years of work experience in a semi-skilled or unskilled occupation intended to live in PEI permanently.

The Critical Workers is one of the stream of Labour Impact Category of several immigration streams of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) operated by the province of Prince Edward Island. The Critical Workers stream targets foreign workers working in PEI with at least two years of work experience in a semi-skilled or unskilled occupation. The province has provided the pathway to permanent residence in order to fulfill the low skilled positions that are not being fulfilled by the local labour force.

The candidate must be between the ages of 18 to 59 and demonstrate the genuine intention to live and work in Prince Edward Island permanently. The candidate must also prove the sufficient settlement funds to pay all immigration costs and establishments in PEI of the applicant the family members. If required, the candidate must also able to attend an interview with the staff of the PEI Office of Immigration.

Eligibility Requirement

Express Entry Profile No
Connection to Province Work Experience
Job Offer Yes
Language Proficiency CLB 4
Level of Education High school
Work Experience NOC C or D 2 years
Investment Requirement None

Connection To Province

The candidate must have worked for the PEI employer making the job offer for at least six months on a valid work permit.

Job Offer

To be eligible for Skilled Worker in PEI, the candidate must have a valid full-time, permanent or minimum of 2 years job offer from the current PEI employer which must be for a position classified under National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level C or D.

Language Proficiency

Candidate must also demonstrate that they have sufficient language proficiency in English and/or French through an official language test approved by the IRCC performed with in the last 2 years with a minimum CLB level of 4.

Level of Education

To be eligible for this stream, the candidate must have completed a secondary school.

Work Experience

The candidate must have at least two years of full-time work experience or a relevant education to their job offer in the past 5 years.

Employer Requirements

In order to be eligible for a Critical Workers stream, the employer is responsible to ensure:

  • the employment must be for a full-time and permanent position for at least 2 years
  • the employment in the intended occupation must be consistent with the applicant’s ability to perform the job based on education, training and/or experience
  • the employment must meet all the conditions of applicable Provincial And Federal Employment Workplace Standards and provide a comparable industry wage rate
  • the employment must be located in the Prince Edward Island
  • the employer must verify all the necessary credentials for the employment that requires provincial licensing to work in the occupation in Prince Edward Island
  • the employment does not contravene the existing employment disputes or bargaining unit agreements.
  • An employment contract must be provided, which must include all the terms and conditions of full-time job offer provided, a signature of an employee(applicant) accepting the employment offer with terms and conditions and the authorized signing officer of the company.
  • the employer must provide the settlement support to the applicant and their family
  • The employer must provide a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) (if applicable)
  • Attendance at the Immigration office for interview may be required
  • documents demonstrating that the effort for the recruitment of the intended profession has been unsuccessful within Canada and the intended position is critical to the employer’s business.

Application Procedure

The PEI Critical Workers stream operates on the basis of the Expression of Interest (EOI) system. Eligible candidates must submit a profile to the pool of PEI’s Pool of Candidates. The EOI profile will remain active for 6 months and the submitted profile will be ranked based on the PEI PNP Labout Impact Points Grid. After submitting the application, the PEI PNP issues the Invitation To Apply (ITA) for a provincial nomination to the high-scoring candidates during the periodic draw. The candidate will then have 60 days after receiving an ITA, to submit a complete application for the PEI PNP nomination. The foreign nationals must provide the valid required documents with the complete application package.

After being successfully nominated from the PEI, the foreign national must submit an application for Permanent Resident Status to the federal government. The applicant will need to submit a paper-based application by mail to the appropriate centre for the Permanent Resident which will be generally be processed within 18 months.

PEI PNP Labour Impact Points Grid

The eligible candidate of the Critical Workers stream will be awarded up to 100 points based on six factors.

Overview of Factors

Factor Skilled Worker Critical Worker International Graduate
Age 15 15 25
Language 20 20 N/A
Education 15 15 35
Work experience 20 20 N/A
Employment 15 15 20
Adaptability 15 15 20
Maximum Points 100 100 100


Age Skilled Worker outside PEI Skilled Worker in PEI International Graduate Critical Worker
18-24 7 7 10 7
25-44 15 15 25 15
45-49 10 10 15 10
Over 49 0 0 0 0
Maximum 15 15 25 15


Proficiency in English or French Skilled Worker outside PEI Skilled Worker in PEI Critical Worker
PNP-L06 Employer Language Declaration signed by PEI Employer 20 20 N/A
CLB/NCLC 10 20 20 20
CLB/NCLC 9 20 20 20
CLB/NCLC 8 17 17 17
CLB/NCLC 7 15 15 15
CLB/NCLC 6 10 10 10
CLB/NCLC 5 5 5 5
CLB/NCLC 4 0 0 0
Maximum 20 20 20


Level of Education Skilled Worker outside PEI Skilled Worker in PEI International Graduate Critical Worker
Master’s level or PhD from a graduate school of a college or university, after completion of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree 15 15 35 10
Post-secondary degree (Bachelor) or three years of full-time study 12 12 20 10
Post-secondary diploma in a specific trade that required at least two years of full-time study after secondary school 10 10 20 10
Completion of secondary school N/A N/A N/A 15
Maximum 15 15 35 15

Work Experience

Work Experience Skilled Worker outside PEI Skilled Worker in PEI Critical Worker
6 or more years 20 20 20
4-6 years 15 15 15
2-4 years 10 10 10
Up to 2 years 0 0 0
Maximum 20 20 20


Employment Skilled Worker outside PEI Skilled Worker in PEI International Graduate Critical Worker
Working in PEI on a valid work permit n/a 5 5 5
related to field of study Job offer in PEI 10 10 10 10
Regulated body in PEI verified Foreign qualification. 5 5 5 5
continuous full-time work experience of at least 1 year in PEI 5 5 5 5
Maximum 15 15 20 15


Adaptability Skilled Worker outside PEI Skilled Worker in PEI International Graduate Critical Worker
Applicant’s close family member(s) currently living in PEI for at least 12 consecutive months who are permanent residents or Canadian citizens 5 5 5 5
Spouse/common-law partner and/or dependent child(ren) have a language ability of CLB 6 or higher in English or French 5 5 5 5
owns residential property in PEI for at least 12 consecutive months currently by applicant 5 5 5 5
graduation from a recognized PEI post-secondary institution 5 5 5 5
spouse or common-law partner has at least three (3) years of work experience in the last five (5) years 5 5 5 5
Applicant’s Dependent child(ren) which have been enrolled in a recognized PEI educational institution for at least 6 continuous months 5 5 N/A 5
Maximum 15 15 20 15

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