Critical Workers

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 low-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:

  • Score at least 50 points on the Labour Impact Self-Assessment.
  • Have a full-time, long-term (i.e. permanent or minimum of 2 years) job offer from a PEI employer in NOC skill level C or D in one of the following occupations: truck driver, customer service representative, labourer, food and beverage server, or housekeeping attendant.
  • Have worked a minimum of six months full-time for the PEI employer.
  • Have a valid work permit and legal status in Canada.
  • Be able to attend an interview at the Office of Immigration, if required.
  • Possess a minimum education of high-school equivalent.
  • Be between the ages of 21 and 59.
  • Have at least two years of full-time work experience or relevant education in the past 5 years.
  • Provide a valid language test result obtained within the last 2 years.  A minimum standard of Canadian Language Benchmark/Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens 4 in each of the four categories (listening, reading, writing and speaking) is required.
  • Have sufficient financial resources to pay all immigration costs (including travel expenses) for you and your family to be able to establish in PEI.
  • Demonstrate a genuine intention to settle in PEI.

How do I apply?

If you meet the eligibility criteria listed above you must first read the Labour Application Guide [691kb], then complete the application forms.  Your employer must also complete the employer forms.

The complete application package, along with the $300 application fee, can be submitted to the Office of Immigration in two ways:

In person at 94 Euston Street (2nd floor), Charlottetown, PEI; or
Courier or mail package to

Office of Immigration
94 Euston Street, 2nd Floor
PO Box 1176
Charlottetown, PE
Canada   C1A 7M8

Do I have to pay a fee?

Yes, a non-refundable application fee of $300 must be submitted with your application.  The acceptable forms of payment are a bank draft, a certified cheque, or a money order made payable to Island Investment Development, Inc. 

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 forms:

You must also complete all applicable federal forms from the Federal Application Package for Provincial Nominees

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 should 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.

Who can I contact to ask questions?

Forward questions related to the Critical Worker stream to immigratepei@gov.pe.ca or call (902) 620-3628.

Published date: 
August 31, 2016