Immigration to Prince Edward Island for critical workers

Immigration to Prince Edward Island for critical workers

Foreigners who are currently working in the province can apply for permanent residency through the Critical Workers stream.

The Critical Workers stream of the Prince Edward Island provincial program is for foreigners who are currently working in low-skilled occupations in the province.


To be eligible to apply under the Critical Worker stream, you must meet the following requirements:

  • be between the ages of 18 and 59;
  • have at least a high school education;
  • get a job offer in the province in a C or D occupation according to the NOC classification (low-skilled and unskilled occupations);
  • have worked for six months for the same employer from whom the job offer is received;
  • have 2 years of work experience in the same occupation within the last 5 years or a specialized education;
  • demonstrate proficiency in English or French at level 4 on the CLB scale (basic level);
  • show the ability to support yourself and your family members in Prince Edward Island.
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The province has an additional requirement for truck drivers: work experience in Prince Edward Island must be 12 months or more.

Candidate evaluation

Prince Edward Island uses the provincial Expression of Interest system to evaluate candidates for immigration. The more points you score, the higher your chance of receiving an invitation. The maximum number is 100. Points are awarded as follows:

Criterion Points
Age (up to 15 points)
18 to 24 years old 7
25 to 44 years old 15
45 to 49 years old 10
Older than 49 years 0
Language ability on the CLB scale (up to 20 points)
Level 9 or 10 20
Level 8 17
Level 7 15
Level 6 10
Level 5 5
Level 4 0
Education (up to 15 points)
Master's degree or PhD 15
Bachelor's degree for a program of 3 years or more 12
Completion of a 1-year academic program or a high school education 10
Work experience (up to 20 points)
More than 6 years 20
4 to 6 years 15
2 to 4 years 10
Up to 2 years 0
Employment (up to 15 points)
Current work in Prince Edward Island 5
The job offer in Prince Edward Island corresponds with education 10
Education recognized by the provincial regulatory authority (for professions requiring a license) 5
1 year of work experience in Prince Edward Island 5
Adaptability (up to 15 points)
Close relatives in the province 5
The applicant's spouse, common-law partner, or child has the CLB level 6 or higher in English or French 5
Residential property in the province owned for 12 months or more 5
Completed education in the province 5
Spouse or partner has 3 or more years of work experience within the last 5 years 5
The child is enrolled in a provincial university in a program lasting 6 months or more 5

How to apply

If you meet the Critical Workers stream requirements, you can create an account in the Expression of Interest system on the official Prince Edward Island website.

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