Critical Workers

Please note: As of Aug 20, 2020, the PEI Office of Immigration is moving to an online application form for all streams of the Workforce Category. If you receive an invitation on or after this date, you must submit your application electronically. Please review the process outlined below.

You can apply for a nomination for permanent residency through the Critical Worker stream of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) if you are currently working in PEI. The PEI Critical Worker stream is employer-driven, allowing Island employers to fill intermediate-skilled positions that they are unable to fill through the local job market.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to apply for the PEI Critical Worker stream you must:

  • have a full-time, non-seasonal (i.e. permanent or minimum of  two years) job offer from a PEI employer in an intermediate-skilled position, defined by the National Occupation Code (NOC) skill level C or D;
  • have worked a minimum of six months full-time for the PEI employer;
  • have a valid work permit and legal status in Canada;
  • possess a minimum education of secondary school diploma;
  • be between the ages of 18 and 59;
  • have a minimum two years of full-time work experience or relevant education in the past five years;
  • provide a language test from an IRCC-approved testing institute within the past  two years with a minimum score of CLB/NCLC 4;
  • have sufficient financial resources to pay all immigration costs (including travel expenses) for you and your family to be able to establish in PEI; and
  • demonstrate a genuine intention to settle in PEI.
Trucking Sector Pilot: Effective June 2019, the Critical Worker Stream may be utilized for talent recruitment outside of Canada for approved Prince Edward Island trucking-sector employers. With approval, a work permit support letter would be provided for the applicant. For additional information, please contact the Office of Immigration. 
NOC-C Initiative: Effective June 2019, the Critical Worker Stream may be utilized for talent recruitment outside of Prince Edward Island. The Office will only approve the use of the NOC-C Initiative for individuals working in defined Priority Employment Sectors in Prince Edward Island. Candidates for NOC-C are required to have 6 months of Canadian work experience that was gained while on an LMIA-backed work permit and be relevant to the current position the individual is offered in PEI. With approval, a work permit support letter would be provided for the applicant. For additional information please contact the Office of Immigration.

How do I apply?

If you meet the eligibility criteria listed above you must first read the Workforce Application Guide then you or your representative must create a profile in the Prince Edward Island Expression of Interest system.  To create a profile you will be asked to provide a valid email address, and identification information including your passport details.   Once your account has been verified, you will be able to proceed to complete your profile. Applicants can only have one active profile at any one time.

Your profile will remain active for a period of six months. You must ensure information provided in your profile is accurate and verifiable.  If your situation changes prior to being invited to apply, you may update your profile.  If your situation changes after being invited to apply you must contact the Office with the new information; this may impact the ultimate decision on your file. You can find additional information on the EOI points grid in the Workforce Application Guide.

If you are invited to apply you will receive an email notification that will include your file number and instructions for submission of your file.  If you are invited to apply you must complete the application forms.  Your employer must also complete the employer forms.

An Expression of Interest is not an application, but an indication of your interest in being considered to apply to the PEI Workforce Category. The Office reserves the right to limit intake or make exclusions from Expressions of Interest draws.  

Do I have to pay a fee?

There is no fee to create an Expression of Interest profile.  If you are selected for nomination by PEI, there is a non-refundable fee of $300 CAD which must be submitted with your application. Currently, the Office of Immigration is accepting pre-authorized payments. The Pre-Authorized Payment form must be completed and submitted with your application supporting documents for your application to be considered complete. 

What forms do I need to fill out?

You must complete all applicable provincial forms listed below:

In addition, your employer must complete the following form:

Do I have to use an immigration consultant or a lawyer?

No, you are not required to hire an immigration consultant for any immigration program to Canada.

If you choose to use an immigration consultant or a lawyer, they must be registered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council, or be a lawyer in good standing with a provincial law society.  The agent must be registered with the Office of Immigration prior to the submission of an application through this stream.

What happens after I am nominated?

After you receive a nomination, you are responsible for submitting your Application for Permanent Residency to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada  (IRCC) along with your nomination certificate.  IRCC will then assess your application for admissibility factors.  You can check processing times at IRCC on their website.

If there are changes in your circumstances, such as family status, employment, contact information, etc., you must notify the Office of Immigration immediately. If any changes occur after nomination, you must notify the Office of Immigration and IRCC.


Published date: 
August 20, 2020