Skilled Labour Pool

Hiring from the PEI labour pool is a cost-effective investment. Islanders are known as dedicated, hard-working, loyal employees. Recent data indicates labour costs in PEI are among the lowest in Canada and more than 60 per cent of the Island workforce has a post-secondary degree or diploma. Work-to-learn programs, labour rebates and other hiring and training incentives are available for current and future employers.

Education and training institutions in PEI create and adapt research and skill development programs according to changing needs of the labour market. As a result, employees can be equipped with the skills to meet the specific needs of business and industry.

What type of training programs are offered in PEI?

Post-secondary training partners in PEI offer degree-granting, competency-based and French-language programs related to current local business and industry and in response to the provincial economic strategy.  Programs include:

  • Undergraduate degree programs in sustainable design engineering, mathematical and computational science, business administration, arts, nursing, and sciences;
  • Preparatory courses in medicine, law, dentistry and architecture;
  • Graduate degrees in education and veterinary medicine, including research and specialization in aquaculture and veterinary medicine;
  • Competency-based programs  such as aircraft maintenance, gas turbine engine repair and overhaul, call centre and customer service excellence, welding fabrication, marine engineering, computer information systems and bioscience technology.

Who do I contact about hiring skilled workers on PEI?

Employment Development Agency

Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning
5th floor, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
PO Box 2000
Charlotteotwn, PE C1A 7N8

Telephone: (902) 368 4240
Fax: (902) 368-4242

Published date: 
May 9, 2016
Innovation PEI

General Inquiries

Innovation PEI
94 Euston Street
PO Box 910
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7L9

Phone: 902-368-6300
Toll-free (North America): 1-800-563-3734
Fax: 902-368-6301

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