Licensed Tourism Accommodations/Fixed Roof/Camping

The licensing of all tourism establishments (accommodations/camping) is the responsibility of Tourism PEI under the Tourism Industry Act of Prince Edward Island.  

Under the Tourism Industry Act, a tourism establishment is defined as:
"an establishment that provides temporary accommodation for a guest for a continuous period of less than one month, and includes a building, structure or place in which accommodation or lodging, with or without food, is furnished for a price to travelers such as a cabin, cottage, housekeeping unit, hotel, lodge, motel, inn, hostel, bed and breakfast establishment, resort, travel trailer, travel trailer park, recreational vehicle park, houseboat, camping cabin and campground."

To be licensed as a tourism establishment on PEI, operators must:

  1. Be inspected annually and pass the inspection criteria as defined in the Tourism Industry Act and Regulations.
  2. Complete the Tourism Establishment License Application and Order Form then submit with payment as mandated by the Tourism Industry Act and Regulations.
  3. Report occupancy to Tourism PEI by the tenth day following the end of each month of operations as per Tourism Industry Act and Regulations.
  4. Perform water testing on the drinking water supply to the tourism accommodation "every three months, or part thereof during the calendar year that the tourism establishment is receiving guests, by a laboratory accredited by the Standards Council of Canada", as per Tourism Industry Act and Regulations.

Non-compliant operations are operators who have not met one or more of the conditions required for licensing and therefore are non-complaint with the Tourism Industry Act

If after two months of compliance protocols and correspondence which include telephone calls, emails, letters and registered letters, operators still have not met the conditions of licence then they will be listed on the government website as being non-compliant and we will begin the process to revoke their licence to operate a tourism accommodation or fine them as an unlicensed tourism establishment.

If an operation is listed as non-compliant and then meets the conditions of licence the non compliant listing will be removed immediately and the establishment will be placed in the licensed accommodation section (tourism inspection reports).

There are approximately 1,200 licensed accommodation operators and over 6,000 rooms available for visitors coming to PEI. Our licensing program focuses on education and prevention measures. This program protects consumers and PEI’s reputation as a quality destination. 

Tourism PEI and its industry partners are extremely proud of the quality of our accommodations and work together to ensure our visitors enjoy the best possible vacation based on quality services and memorable experiences.

How do I get more information?

For a list of licensed and unlicensed accommodations and camping in PEI, visit Licensed Tourism Accommodations/Fixed Roof Camping

Janet Wood
Manager of Tourism Development
Telephone:  (902) 368-5508





Published date: 
June 30, 2015
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Department of Economic Development and Tourism
3rd Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: (902) 368-5540
Fax: (902) 894-0342