Supporting a Worker for Immigration

The Workforce Category is an employer-driven category, designed to help you fill permanent labour shortages and skill gaps in your business by supporting foreign nationals for permanent residency.

Am I eligible?

For all streams of the Workforce Category, the employer must validate the following requirements:

  • company has been in active and continuous operation under current ownership/management for a minimum of two years with identified labour gaps;
  • provide documentation that the recruitment efforts for the intended profession has been unsuccessful within Canada and the position is critical to the operation of the company;
  • employment is full‐time, non-seasonal with a contract for a permanent position or a minimum length of two years;
  • employment in the intended occupation is consistent with the applicant’s ability to perform the job, based on the applicant’s education, training and/or experience;
  • employment terms and conditions meet all applicable provincial and federal employment workplace standards and the comparable industry wage rate;
  • employment of the applicant does not contravene existing bargaining unit agreements or employment disputes;
  • employment is in Prince Edward Island;
  • employment requiring provincial licensing or accreditation has been verified to ensure the applicant has the necessary credentials to be eligible to work in the occupation in Prince Edward Island;
  • a signed employment contract is provided, which includes the terms and conditions of the full‐time job offer;
  • settlement support is  provided  to  the  applicant  and  the  family  to  help  them  establish, if applicable;
  • Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is provided, if applicable

How do I apply?

While the Workforce Category streams are employer-driven, the bulk of the application process is the responsibility of the foreign national.  The employer must complete the PEIW-02: Workforce Job Offer Form to be submitted with the complete application.

Do I have to pay a fee?

Employers must be willing to register with the Federal Employer Portal and pay the Employer Compliance Fee of $230, if the foreign national requires a work permit or should the current work permit expire prior to permanent residency being granted.

Federal Employer Portal - The correct LMIA exemption code must be used for a successful work permit application. Applicants with the Province of Prince Edward Island Work Permit Support letter are categorized as “Canada – PT Agreements- R204(c)”, and the LMIA exemption code is T13.

What forms do I need to fill out?

As the employer, you must complete the PEIW-02: PEI Workforce Job Offer Form.


Published date: 
June 12, 2023
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