Work Permit Stream

Work Permit Stream

This Work Permit Stream comes under the Business Impact Category of the PEI PNP. And helps entrepreneurs for getting a provincial nomination to apply for permanent residence in Canada. Also, this stream helps the island to get skilled entrepreneurs who can add to the economy of the province. However, the stream hires those applicants who have the highest chances of setting up a successful business in the province.

Further, the PEI PNP uses a point-based selection process through its Expression of Interest (EOI) system. And selects the profiles that meet its terms. It then issues an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for provincial nomination to apply for a Canada PR.

If you want to run a business, then you can apply to PEI PNP Work Permit Stream. Under this stream, you can set-up and run a business on a valid work permit for a minimum of 1 year, before receiving a Canada PR. If you get an invitation to apply (ITA), then you must sign a Business Performance Agreement (BPA). Also, after approval, you will get a Letter of Support to apply for a work permit to IRCC. However, if you meet all the terms of the BPA then you will get a nomination for permanent residence in Canada. 

Who can apply?

To apply to Work Permit Stream, meet the following terms:

  • Firstly, have a minimum verifiable and legal personal net worth of $600,000;
  • Secondly. have a minimum of secondary school equivalent education;
  • At the time of applying, fall under the age group of 21-59;
  • Must have transferable management skills and past employment or business ownership experience;
  • Have minimum language proficiency of NCLC/CLB 4 level in French/English;
  • Show genuine intent to live, settle and work in PEI while being actively involved in the day-to-day management of your proposed PEI business;
  • Also, provide proof of settlement funds;

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to PEI

An EOI is not a formal application to PEI but shows the applicant’s interest in applying to the program. Also, priority is given to applicants who prove that they can successfully establish themselves in the province.

Besides, if you meet the terms of the Work Permit Stream, then you must create an EOI profile. 

EOI Points Grid

The EOI grid is divided into 6 areas. Further, each grid awards certain points as per the information that you give along with your profile. Also, the maxi points you can get are 100.

Business Impact Category (Maximum 200 points)
Factors Maximum Points
Age 20
Language 40
Education  20
Work Experience 50
Employment  35
Adaptability 35


Age Maximum 20 points
21-24 7
25-29 20
30-44 20
45-49 0
50-54 7
54+ 0

Language Skills

All applicants must show proof of job-ready English or proof of having a post-secondary bachelor’s degree or higher, a minimum of 3 years program in English or French. Because this proves that applicants can communicate in English to live, work, and settle in Canada. Besides, an EOI profile gets 10 points extra for giving proof of language skills in both English and French.

Further, to do so give test results for English/French with proficiency in 4 key areas such as Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.

You can give test results of IELTS, CELPIP, TEF, and TCF to check if you meet the required CLB level (English) or NCLC (French). However, these test results must not be more than 2 years old at the time of applying.

Language Maximum 40 points
CLB/NCLC 10 40
CLB/NCLC 09 40
CLB/NCLC 08 35
CLB/NCLC 07 30
CLB/NCLC 06 20
CLB/NCLC 05 10

Education Level

Education  Maximum 20 points
Master’s or PhD. 20
Bachelor’s degree (minimum 3 years full-time study period) 17
Post-secondary diploma in a specific trade (minimum 2-years full-time study period) 12
Secondary School (completed) 0

Business Ownership Experience or Senior Management Experience

Business Ownership Experience Years of Experience Maximum 50 Points
50% or more ownership of PEI business with active involvement in management and decision-making activities of day-to-day activities. Minimum 5 years of experience out of the past 7 years. 50
Minimum 3 years of experience out of the past 5 years. 40
20%-50% ownership of PEI business with active involvement in management and decision-making activities of day-to-day activities. Minimum 5 years of experience out of the past 7 years. 35
Minimum 3 years of experience out of the past 5 years. 25
Senior Management Experience Years of Experience Points
Involved in day-to-day decision-making activities as a senior manager and supervising a minimum of 3 staff members while having less than 20% ownership in the PEI business. Minimum 5 years of experience out of the past 7 years. 30
Minimum 3 years of experience out of the past 5 years. 20

Community Endorsement

Community Endorsement (Written) Maximum 35 points
From a rural community 35
From a community with a capital region 10


Employment Maximum 15 points
Working with a permanent job position and a valid work permit in PEI. N. A
Your job offer is related to the field of education. 10
Must have foreign qualification verified by an authority in the province.

Note – Not to be confused with an ECA.

Minimum 1-year full-time, regular work experience in PEI. 5


Adaptability Maximum 35 points
A close family member in PEI, who is a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen. Also, has been living in PEI for a minimum of 12 months. 10
Spouse/common-law partner and/or dependent children have English/French language skill level of CLB/NCLC 6 or higher.  10
Experience in farming, transferable farming skills and a plan to operate a farm in PEI (running a registered business generating income for a minimum of 3 years out of past 5 years or 5 out of past 7 years. Also, you must have complete ownership with active involvement in the day-to-day activities of the business.) 10
Spouse/common-law partner completed graduation from a PEI approved educational institute. 5
Minimum 3 years of work experience within 5 years by spouse/common-law partner. 5
Dependent children are admitted to a PEI education institution for a minimum of continuous 6 months.