Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island (PEI) is famous in Canada because it’s our smallest province and an island located on the Atlantic Ocean, the population of the entire area being around 143,000 residents. The whole island is roughly 5700 square kilometres and is the 23rd largest island in all of Canada. The capital of the province is Charlottetown with a population of about 36,000 residents. The housing, as well as commercial buildings in Charlottetown, has Victorian-era architecture. There is a newer cruise ship terminal that was established in 2007 to make the province more attractive for vessels that operate in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Charlottetown’s economy is dominated by the public sector where the majority of residents are government workers, whether municipally, federally or provincially, and technology companies are slowly gaining more of the economic share in Charlottetown.
The land and scenery in PEI are part of what draws so many people to visit, as the ocean views and rolling hills are very picturesque. The landscape in PEI is government regulated so that the coves and famous red soil of PEI are adequately conserved. The residents of PEI are predominately Scottish, Irish, English and French due in part to it being one of the oldest settlements in Canada, being the 7th Canadian province. PEI’s main industry is farming, as this small island provides 25% of the potatoes to the entire country of Canada. Other sectors that are essential to this province are tourism and fishery. There are 594,000 square acres designated on the island solely for agriculture use, and approximately 1700 different farms.
Land ownership in PEI is a fascinating topic, as the government has stringent rules on non-residents owning land there. Residents and corporations are only allowed to own a total of 400 and 1200 acres respectively, and non-residents need approval from the provincial cabinet to hold more than 5 acres of land because of the Land Protection Act of 1982, something that is currently being reviewed by the government. The median home price in PEI as of 2016 was around $228,000 while an apartment was close to that, coming in at about $289,000.
Arts and culture are prevalent in PEI and are both supported through the public-school system there. Every year they host the Charlottetown Festival which is a musical theatre festival that runs from late-May to mid-October every year! In addition to that, there is an annual Fringe Festival and PEI Jazz & Blues Festival that happens on the island, really proving that music is a large part of the culture in this province.
PNP Skilled Migration
PNP Business Migration