After the move of several Canadian provinces (Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and British Columbia) to convert a portion of their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) to the new Federal Express Entry program, the Prince Edward Island (PEI) has announced that it will also be aligning a part of its PNP with the Express Entry. This means that aside from its existing nominee program, a portion of its immigrants will come from the Express Entry pool.

About Prince Edward Island

PEI is the smallest province in Canada, with a population of around 150,000. It is an English-speaking province, with only 4% of people having French as their mother tongue. The province is popular not only for its scenic beaches but also because it has a very good climate – not as hot during summer and not as cold during winter. It’s continuously growing as an economic province, providing more opportunities for immigrants.

About the Express Entry and PEI PNP

Applicants who qualify in any of Canada’s three federal programs (Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and Canada Experience Class) and are interested to live and work in Prince Edward Island can increase their chances of being chosen if they apply in both the province’s nominee program and in the Express Entry, indicating an intent to live in the province.

Those who qualify will enjoy a processing time that is as short as six months for expedited move. However, it is important to remember that not all applicants who apply in both the Express Entry and the PEI PNP will be chosen. The province will still primarily consider its labour market needs in selecting applicants to invite.

For applicants to increase their chances of getting invited, they must continue to update their profile by adding relevant experiences and skills. And while doing so, individuals can also apply to different PNPs. Aside from a provincial nomination, a job offer from an employer will also most likely increase an individual’s chances of getting an invitation for permanent residency.