PEI IndustriesPrince Edward Island (PEI) has rewarding career and work opportunities in a variety of industries including the growth sectors of aerospace, bioscience, information technology and renewable energy.
AerospaceIn 2011, aerospace sales in the province of PEI exceeded $362 million.
Slemon Park in Summerside, PEI, was once a Canadian Forces Base. Now, it's a 1,500-acre business park with an airport, 8,000 foot runway, an Aerospace Technology Centre offering many training opportunities, and many hangars ranging in size from 25,000 to 300,000 square feet.
Aerospace has become one of the fastest growing industries in the province. More than 900 people are employed by aerospace companies across the province.
BioscienceThe PEI bioscience industry employs more than 1,000 people and is responsible for more than $85 million in private sector revenues. Many bioscience companies have established businesses in PEI, 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.
Facts about Bioscience in PEI
- There are over 30 private bioscience companies in PEI
- PEI has ten research organizations
- Annual research and development expenditures exceed $100 million
- There are more than 1,000 people working in the industry
- $100 million in infrastructure investments have been made since 2006
- There has been a 600% growth in research and development expenditures in bioscience at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI)
- PEI is home to the National Research Council of Canada Institute for Nutrisciences and Health, the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), and the Duffy Research Centre
HealthcarePEI 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 more nurses, doctors, and other allied health professionals to PEI.
Internationally trained health professional such as a nurse, doctor, psychiatrist, or pharmacist can benefit from working with a program counsellor 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 the employment search.
Atlantic Connection provides general information about working as a health professional in PEI and other Atlantic Canadian provinces.
The information technology (IT) industry in PEI has been growing over the past few years, especially in the e-health, financial services, aerospace, software, wireless and mobile applications, and gaming industries. Individuals and companies in the IT industry enjoy the work/life balance they find in PEI, while being able to use technology to access their markets. Today, there are more than 130 IT firms in PEI.
PEI is home to award winning video gaming development companies who have released popular products for companies such as Apple, Sega and Nintendo. PEI based video game development companies are known for their development of handheld and digitally downloadable gaming products, but serve most areas of the video game development industry.
Renewable ResourcesPEI 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 PEI 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 PEI Energy Framework and Renewable Energy Strategy outlines an action plan to enhance the role of renewable energy.
Your ProfessionThere are a variety of other industries including agriculture, financial services, fisheries, tourism, and manufacturing that offer good career and work opportunities.
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The following resources can help you get information about working in a variety of industries and professions in PEI:
- Employment Journey Newspaper provides a list of associations and other useful resources
- Searchable directory of businesses, schools and other public service bodies in PEI
- SkillsPEI, a division of the Government of PEI, offers programs for job seekers, including Training PEI and Employ PEI
- Employment Assistance Service and Guide to Employment from PEI Association for Newcomers to PEI
- PEI's Annual Statistical Review provides detailed information and statistics about the PEI economy
- Job Bank offers free PEI occupational and career information such as job opportunities, educational requirements, main duties, wage rates and salaries, current employment trends, and outlooks.