The Emergency Payment for Workers program provides financial support to residents of Prince Edward Island who have been financially impacted by public health orders related to COVID-19 during the two-week period December 7 – 21, 2020. This emergency income program is a one-time lump sum payment of $500 from the Government of Prince Edward Island. This emergency benefit is taxable income. The reduction of income must have occurred as a result of the public health order effective December 7, 2020. All applicants must be residents of Prince Edward Island to apply. For more details on this program or to apply, visit https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/service/emergency-payment-workers

PEI COVID-19 Workforce Integration Fund

The Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture is presently accepting proposals from interested organizations for the delivery of innovative projects that encourage workforce integration to support unemployed and underemployed individuals who have been directly impacted by the global COVID – 19 pandemic transition into, or back into, the Prince Edward Island labour market.

Through the Prince Edward Island COVID – 19 Workforce Integration Fund, successful applicants will create projects designed to assist unemployed or underemployed individuals acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to transition to sustainable employment, career advancement and/or entrepreneurship opportunities. 

Projects under the fund should support one of the target groups particularly impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic including but not exclusive to women, youth,  members of the Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) community, newcomers, persons with disabilities and/or social assistance recipients.

For more details visit https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/service/covid-19-workforce-integration-fund

Self Employ PEI Information sessions

Individuals interested in SkillsPEI’s Self Employ PEI program must register to attend an information session prior to applying for assistance under the program. Sessions are available in Souris, Montague, Charlottetown, Summerside, O’Leary and Alberton. After attending an information session, a Self Employ PEI Program Officer will be available to schedule a time to meet with potential applicants individually. Applicants must not have started the operation of the proposed business prior to applying for assistance under the program. Applicants must be an unemployed person for whom an Employment Insurance (EI) benefit period is established or whose benefit period has ended within the previous 60 months or an unemployed person who paid EI premiums, in at least 5 of the last 10 years (details at information session). Other criteria may apply. Visit http://skillspei.com/ for more information.

Those interested are welcome to attend any session at any of the offices.
To register and attend call:

  • Montague, (902)838-0674,
  • Souris, (902)687-7070,
  • Charlottetown, (902)368-6290,
  • Summerside (902)438-4151,
  • O’Leary, (902)859-8898 or
  • toll-free at 1-877-491-4766.
Please visit Self Employ PEI for the schedule

*NOTE: Due to Covid-19, all sessions are being held via video conference/phone in. Please call your chosen SkillsPEI office to register and receive an email invitation.*

Digital Skills 4 Youth PEI (DS4Y PEI)

'Digital Skills 4 Youth PEI' (DS4Y PEl) is a new internship opportunity for Island youth delivered by the Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture with funding support from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). The DS4Y PEl program will focus on connecting recent graduates to meaningful employment and giving them the skills to succeed in the digital economy.

To find out more information on Digital Skills 4 Youth, click here or download our brochure.

Workplace Skills Training

Workplace Skills Training is a program developed for employers to train new or existing employees to develop their skills and align with needs of the business. The employer determines the type of training and who will participate. SkillsPEI can contribute up to 50% of the direct training costs. You will be required to contribute the remaining 50%. At the end of the training, the employee should have developed skills to meet the demands of today's economy.

To find out more information on Workplace Skills Training, click here or download our brochure.

Information Sessions

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 these information sessions have been cancelled based on public health measures and guidance, and will will be reassessed based on recommendations by the Chief Public Health Office

SkillsPEI will not be holding information sessions in its Charlottetown office at this time. The sessions, when reintroduced, are designed to provide Islanders with information on our programs and services. Space is limited for each session so please call in advance to register. Location and schedule information can be found by clicking here.

Find a Job on WorkPEI.ca

Visit www.workpei.ca to find hundreds of jobs advertised in PEI. Become a member, create an online resume to apply to jobs, and have your resume placed in front of over 1,700 PEI employers searching for talent.

Federal/Provincial/Territorial Consultations on Labour Market Transfer Agreements

Following the 2016 federal budget announcement of funding increases for Labour Market Transfer Agreements (LMTAs), the Forum of Labour Market Ministers in consultation with provinces and territories launched broad-based stakeholder consultations.  The objective of the consultations was to hear from Canadians to ensure the existing Agreements are responding effectively to local labour market priorities.

View the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Consultations on Labour Market Transfer Agreements - Summary Report.