Licensed Tourism Accommodations

The licensing of all tourism establishments (accommodations), including fixed roof and campgrounds is the responsibility of Tourism PEI under the Tourism Industry Act. The legislation defines a tourism establishment 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 travellers 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."

What is required to be a licensed tourism establishment on PEI?

The requirements to be an operator or a licensed tourism establishment on PEI, as defined by legislation and regulations, are as follows:

  1. Complete the Tourism Establishment License Application and Order Form and submit with payment; (Before you begin to operate, you must apply to become a licensed tourism establishment (accommodation). There is a one-time only "New Property Inspection Fee" of $180.00 (for 2019) that must be paid with the application.  Also, in your first year, and every year, after there is an annual license fee that must be paid by September 1 of the previous year, or before you begin to operate (if after the September 1 deadline);
  2. The establishment must be inspected annually and pass the inspection criteria;
  3. Report occupancy to Tourism PEI by the 10th day following the end of each month of operations;
  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".

What is the purpose of licensing PEI tourism accommodations?

There are approximately 1,500 licensed accommodation operators and over 6,687 fixed roof units and 7,168 campsites available for visitors on Prince Edward Island. The Tourism PEI licensing program focuses on safety, cleanliness, education and prevention measures. This program protects consumers and the province'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.

What happens to a tourism operation that does not meet requirements?

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, e-mails, letters and registered letters, operators still have not met the conditions of licence then the operation will be listed as non-compliant. The department will be required to begin the process to revoke the licence to operate a tourism accommodation or issue a fine 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. The establishment will then be listed the licensed accommodation section (tourism inspection reports).

If you would like to see the inspection report of an individual property, please send the name of the property and the civic address to: QTS@QTS.CA  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Tourism PEI.


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



Published date: 
September 5, 2018
Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture

General Inquiries

Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture
3rd Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

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