Ready to work in Canada?
Preparation prior to your relocation can significantly improve your arrival experience and help make your work search a success.
A work visa is required for people wanting to work in Canada who are neither Canadian citizens nor permanent residents of Canada.
Canada is a bilingual country, with the two official languages being English and French. While Prince Edward Island is not officially a bilingual province, it is home to Acadian francophone communities. Knowledge of both languages is an asset when looking for employment in PEI; however, English remains the language most spoken in the province.
If you're thinking of moving to PEI and you are not fluent in English, working to gain a better understanding of the language is the first thing you should do.
Most employers in Prince Edward Island require employees to have a strong knowledge of the English language. The PEI Provincial Nominee Program requires you to have a specific level of English skills.
Your ability to speak, write, and comprehend English is a major factor in determining how successful you will be at finding and retaining employment in Prince Edward Island.
The PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada delivers programs and services that may help you find employment and succeed in PEI. They can also help you access programs that will improve your English.
- Working in Canada outlines steps you can take before you arrive in Canada to make your transition easier.
- Planning to work in Canada? An essential workbook for newcomers will help you gather information about living and working in Canada.
- Resource Guide: "Welcoming Internationally Educated Teachers to PEI" from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Finding Work in PEI
Gaining Canadian Work Experience
Newcomers to the Prince Edward Island labour market may find it beneficial to gain work experience by volunteering, or participating in unpaid work terms, with a business or an industry that pertains to your skills, training, and/or interests. Such experience will assist you to become familiar with the local labour market, understanding Canadian employer expectations, making business connections, improving your English language skills, and gaining valuable experience for your resumé.
Volunteer positions are rarely advertised, and it may be helpful for you to make direct contact with business owners to arrange for a work term. This may be a valuable pre-arrival activity, which may result in better long-term employment outcomes and quicker integration into the PEI labour market.
Foreign Credentials Referral Office
Before you start working in Prince Edward Island, you may like to take some time to learn about the workplace culture because it may be different from your home country. Guide to Workplace Culture from PEI Assocuiation for Newcomers to Canada will be helpful as you get familiar with what it will be like to work in PEI.