Occupations in Demand

Occupations in Demand Stream under the PEI PNP Workforce Category

PEI Provincial immigration pathways are dependent upon federal immigration allocations, application volumes, and provincial labour market needs.  The PEI Office of Immigration is currently selecting and prioritizing skilled workers in higher demand sectors such as health care, trades, childcare, and other key industries facing labour shortages.  Individuals working in the sales and service sector may not receive an invitation to apply at this time.

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

Learn more about the Province of PEI population framework.

The Occupations in Demand stream may be utilized for talent recruitment outside of Canada, if the Prince Edward Island Employer has received authorization from the Office of Immigration prior to issuing a job offer. With approval, a Work Permit Support Letter would be provided for the applicant to seek a Work Permit.

Requests from PEI Employers will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to apply for the PEI Occupations in Demand, you must

  • have a full-time, non-seasonal permanent job offer from a PEI employer in one of the following:
    • NOC 33102 (Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates);
    • NOC 73300 (Transport truck drivers);
    • NOC 75110 (Construction trades helpers and labourers);
    • NOC 65310 (Light duty cleaners);
    • NOC 95109 (Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities);
    • NOC 75101 (Material handlers);
    • NOC 94140 (Process control and machine operators food and beverage processing); or
    • NOC 94141 (Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers),
  • have one year, full-time work experience directly related to the job offered by a PEI employer,
  • be 18 to 59 years old,
  • have successfully completed (at minimum) a secondary school diploma (high school),
  • provide a valid language test result from an IRCC-approved testing institution, with a minimum score of CLB/NCLC 4. Language tests are valid for 2 years after the date of the test result,
  • 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.

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 Expression 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 to apply for nomination by PEI, there is a non-refundable fee of $300 CAD. We accept Mastercard, Visa, Mastercard Debit and Visa Debit. Payment will be prompted at the time of the Workforce Application Form submission. Applications will only be accepted with an approved transaction.

What forms do I need to fill out?

Your employer must complete the following form:

In addition, you must complete any applicable provincial forms listed below:

    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 College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants, 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.

    My Work Permit is expiring soon. What can I do?

    You are responsible for ensuring you maintain your legal status in Canada. You should not rely on our Office to help extend a work permit.

    If you meet the requirements of one of our Workforce streams, you can submit a PEI Expression of Interest and, if invited, submit an application for Nomination to the PEI Office of Immigration. Once your application is processed and approved, you would receive a Work Permit Support Letter along with your Nomination. Please be sure to submit your Expression of Interest and Application in ample time to allow this entire process to be completed. We cannot issue Work Permit Support letters before we have been able to process and approve a complete application.

    The Work Permit Support Letter allows you to apply for a work permit from the Federal Government without the need for an LMIA. Support letters are issued at the discretion of PEI’s Office of Immigration and are restricted to the employer that supported your Nomination. Please note IRCC and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) are responsible for issuing work permits. 

    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.You are required to work with one employer until you receive Permanent Residency status. If any changes occur after nomination, you must notify the Office of Immigration and IRCC immediately.


    Published date: 
    May 27, 2024