PEI releases details of 3 PNP draws

Shelby Thevenot
Published: May 21, 2020

Prince Edward Island has held three Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws since special coronavirus measures were put in place.

For these three draws the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) only invited candidates from the Express Entry and Labour Impact categories who were working in an essential service such as healthcare or trucking. Business Impact candidates are normally also included in PEI Expression of Interest (EOI) draws, but they were not a part of the past three draws.

As a result, only 29 candidates were issued invitations over the course of the three draws. Typically PEI PNP draws issue over 100 invitations across the three streams.

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On March 23, a total of five candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination from PEI. Then on April 27 there were a total of 10 candidates invited. Finally on May 15, there were 14 candidates invited.

PEI Express Entry Category

The PEI PNP’s Express Entry Category is aligned with the Canadian government’s Express Entry System, which manages the applications for three economic class immigration categories: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Express Entry candidates create profiles that are put into a pool and are given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and official language proficiency.

Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are given an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from the Government of Canada in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

In order to be considered for a provincial nomination from PEI, Express Entry candidates need to create an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the PEI PNP.

EOI profiles are given points based on the province’s unique points grid. The highest-scoring candidates are then invited to apply through monthly draws.

The PEI PNP did not provide a breakdown of how many Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates were invited, nor the minimum EOI score required for each category.

Labour Impact Category

Candidates in the Labour Impact Category were also invited in the past three draws.

This immigration category is for foreign nationals who have a valid job offer in PEI, and have support from their employer. It is divided into three streams: Skilled Worker, Critical Worker, and International Graduate.

Candidates in this category must also submit an EOI profile in order to be considered for a provincial nomination through the Labour Impact Category.

Business Impact Category

No invitations were issued to candidates in the Business Impact: Work Permit Stream.

The Work Permit Stream is for entrepreneurs who wish to own and operate a business in PEI.

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