PEI PNP Express Entry

The candidates who have created a profile with the Express Entry system of the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada can apply for provincial nomination from Prince Edward Island through the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) Express Entry category.

The Express Entry category operates through an Expression of Interest(EoI) system and the Express Entry candidates who wish to be considered for provincial nomination from PEI PNP under the category must first create an Expression of Interest profile. Each EoI profile is ranked on the basis of a number of human capital and adaptability factors and the highest-ranking candidates are invited by the PEI PNP to apply for provincial nomination.

In order to be eligible under the PEI PNP Express Entry category, the candidate must have an active Express Entry profile. They must also have proved their eligibility under one of the federal economic immigration programs of Canada which are:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience

PEI PNP Express Entry category has two pathways—one for those who have a job offer and the other, for those who do not have one. However, the category gives priority to those candidates who live and work in PEI.

The EoI profile created by the candidate will remain valid for six months. PEI PNP conducts periodic draws to invite candidates with the highest scores to apply for provincial nomination. The invited candidates can submit the complete application with all the supporting documents within 60 days. After obtaining the provincial nomination, the candidates can apply for provincial nomination in Canada.

 Selection Factors

Selection factorExpress Entry With Job OfferExpress Entry without job offer
Work Experience1520
Maximum Points100100



A candidate can earn maximum 20 points under the age factor


AgeWith job offerWithout job offer
Over 4900
Maximum points2020

 Language proficiency

In order to be eligible under this category, the candidate must have a minimum level of language proficiency equal to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7.

Language abilityPoints (With a Job Offer)Points( Without a Job Offer)
CLB 9 & 102020
CLB 81515
CLB 71010
Below CLB 700
Maximum points2020



Points are awarded to the candidates on the basis of the highest level of their education qualification

EducationPoints (With a Job Offer)Points (Without a job offer)
Master’s  level or PhD from a graduate school of a college or university, after completion of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree1515
Post-secondary academic degree (Bachelor) from a college or that required at least three years of full-time study1212
Post-secondary diploma in a specific trade that required at least two years of full-time study after secondary school1010
Completion of secondary school00
Maximum points1515


Work experience


Points are awarded for work experience depending on the NOC listed in the Express Entry profile of the candidate. Points also vary depending on whether the candidate has a job offer or not.

Work experience Points (With a Job Offer)Points (Without a Job Offer)
More than 6 years2020
4-6 years1515
2-4 years1010
1-2 years55
Maximum points2020


EmploymentPoints (With a Job Offer)Points (Without a Job Offer)
Working in PEI on a valid work permit5n/a
Job offer in PEI related to educational credentials5n/a
Foreign qualification verified with the regulated body in PEI(Not an ECA)55
Minimum 1-year continuous full-time work experience in PEI.55
Maximum points1510



Adaptability Points (With a Job Offer)Points (Without a Job Offer)
Having close family member(s) living in PEI for at least 12 consecutive months. They must be either permanent residents or Canadian citizens.55
Spouse/common-law partner and/or dependent child(ren) having a language ability equal to CLB/NCLC 6 or higher in English or French55
Owning residential property in PEI for at least 12 consecutive months.55
Having graduated from a recognized PEI post-secondary institution55
Spouse/common-law partner having at least 3 years of work experience which has been acquired in the last 5 years55
Dependent child(ren) having enrolled in a PEI educational institution for at least 6 continuous months55
Maximum points1515


Post-graduate work permit holders

If the candidate is currently working in PEI on a post-graduate work permit, you need to fulfill the following conditions if you want to apply:

  • Have at least 6 months of full-time experience in PEI
  • Work permit valid for at least for four more months from the date of submitting the application.
  • The candidate must also be residing in Canada legally at the time of application.


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PEI PNP invites 147 Express Entry, Labor Impact candidates

The Atlantic province of Prince Edward Island has issued a total of 147 invitations to apply for provincial nomination to candidates belonging to its Express Entry and Labor Impact categories. However, Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) has not revealed a breakdown of how many candidates were invited under each category.

Another 29 invitations were also issued to candidates of the Work Permit Stream under the Business Impact Category of PEI PNP.

Though there was no minimum required scores for Express Entry and Labour Impact categories, Business Impact category candidates were required to have minimum 130 points under the category’s points grid.

PEI PNP Express Entry category

The Express Entry category of PEI PNP is aligned to the federal Express Entry system. The interested candidates may submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) through the EoI system of PEI PNP. The EoIs are assessed on the basis of six selection factors–age, language, education, work experience, employment, and adaptability. Based on this, a score out of 100 points is awarded to each candidate. The highest scoring candidates are invited to apply for provincial nomination in the subsequent draws.

The candidates who obtain provincial nomination receive 600 additional CRS points, which means, most probably they would be invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada in the subsequent Express Entry draws.

Express Entry candidates without a job offer may also be invited for provincial nomination. There have also been cases when the PEI PNP directly contacted Express Entry candidates with skills required in the province’s labor market, but have not submitted an EoI with PEI PNP.

Labor impact category

The Labor Impact category also operates on the basis on an EoI system. It has three streams–Skilled Worker, Critical Worker and International Graduate. In order to apply under this category, candidates must either be working for a PEI employer or must have a job offer from a PEI employer.

So far, a combined total of 1,175 invitations have been issued under both Express Entry and Labor Impact categories this year.

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