IndustriesPrince Edward Island (PEI) has rewarding career and work opportunities in a variety of industries including our primary industries of agriculture, fisheries and tourism and the strategic industries of aerospace, bioscience, information technology and renewable energy.
The aerospace sector has developed into one of the fastest growing industries in the province, helped by the close working partnerships between industry, government and training institutions.
Eleven aerospace companies now employ over 900 people in Prince Edward Island and generate sales in excess of $380 million annually.
Agriculture is very important to the rural way of life in Prince Edward Island and is a great place to farm. The Island has a total land area of 1.4 million acres with approximately 594,000 acres cleared for agricultural use. Farms range in size from a few acres to 3,000 acres. Farm cash receipts are more than $400 million annually, making agriculture the largest industry in the province.
Potatoes provide the major source of farm income, accounting for about 50 per cent of total farm cash receipts. Prince Edward Island is Canada’s largest potato producer. The province also produces dairy, beef, hogs, vegetables, grains, oilseeds, fruit and hay while organic farming continues to grow.
The bioscience industry employs more than 1,000 people and is responsible for more than $85 million in private sector revenues. Many well-known bioscience companies have established businesses in Prince Edward Island, such as BioVectra, Nature's Crops International, Novartis-Aqua Health, and Sekisui Diagnostics.
The government has created many business, research, and development initiatives in this industry by hosting international conferences and the establishment of the BioCommons Research Park.
Harvesting and processing of fisheries and aquaculture products accounts for about 9,500 jobs. Important aquaculture species include lobster, blue mussels, oysters, clams, quahaugs, arctic char and trout. The province produces more than 80 per cent of Canada’s mussels. Other species that are harvested commercially include snow crab, rock crab, spider crab, herring, mackerel, cod and the giant bluefin tuna. A sea plant called Irish moss is harvested off the Island’s coast, and it is used widely in the food and drug industries for its extract. The total contribution to the Island economy from fishing and aquaculture is in excess of $350 million annually.
Prince Edward Island offers many different employment opportunities in healthcare in the areas of public health, acute care, home care, addictions, and mental health. The province offers several recruitment and retention programs and services to retain and bring nurses, doctors, and other allied health professionals to Prince Edward Island.
Internationally trained health professionals such as a nurse, doctor, or pharmacist can benefit from working with the Internationally Educated Health Professionals Program (IEHP) at PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada. This program can support you through the process of credential review, registration, understanding, and complying with regulations, medical exams, licensing, and employment search.
The information technology (IT) industry has been experiencing sustained growth across many verticals including healthcare, independent software vendors, financial services, aerospace, wireless and mobile applications, and gaming. From applied research and new product development through to supporting expansion requirements, technology companies will find everything they need in Prince Edward Island. A key area of opportunity for Prince Edward Island is interactive media and e-health, two of the fastest growing industries in the world.
Prince Edward Island is known as the "Green Province" and has established itself as a leader in North America in wind energy. More than 25 years ago, long before wind energy was popular, the Atlantic Wind Test site was built in western Prince Edward Island to harness the strong winds that blow across the province. Since then, this site has evolved into the Wind Energy Institute of Canada, which serves the North American wind energy industry.
The Prince Edward Island Energy Framework and Renewable Energy Strategy outlines an action plan to enhance the role of renewable energy.
Tourism represents seven per cent of our total GDP.Tourism generates approximately $42.9 million in tax revenues for the province. Visitors come to Prince Edward Island for various reasons, including culinary experiences, theatre, our rich historical and cultural attractions, and our beautiful beaches and golf courses. Many Islanders are involved in the tourism industry. Some Islanders operate bed and breakfast operations or other accommodations. Island farmers, fishers and chefs produce and serve a variety of culinary delights, including lobster suppers. Artists of all types entertain visitors at concerts, galleries, fairs and ceilidhs. Beyond our beautiful natural scenery, world-renowned golf courses, and fascinating cultural attractions, it is the legendary hospitality of Islanders that keeps visitors coming back.
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The following resources can help you get information about working in a variety of industries and occupations in Prince Edward Island:
- Employment Journey Newspaper provides a list of associations and other useful resources
- Skills PEI offers programs for job seekers, including Training PEI and Employ PEI
- Employment Assistance Service and Guide to Employment from PEI Association for Newcomers
- Annual Statistical Review provides detailed information and statistics about the economy
- Job Bank in Canada offers free occupational and career information
- La Coopérative d'intégration francophone de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard
- For more information on finding work in Prince Edward Island