Employment Assistance Service for Newcomers
The Employment Assistance Service (EAS) works collaboratively with other PEIANC departments (Community Connections Program, Newcomer Settlement Services, Cultural Inclusion Training, Youth Settlement Services, and the Community Engagement Team) to provide an integrated, wrap-around employment service tailored to meet the specific barriers faced by newcomers to Canada.
If you are a newcomer to Canada, after you arrive on PEI and have registered with PEIANC, you can make an appointment to meet with an EAS Employment Counsellor for support when considering your career options. The Employment Counsellor will begin by asking you questions about your education, previous work experience, skills, and qualifications.
EAS helps you become an independent job seeker by:
- Assisting you to identify career options in Canada
- Supporting you to set short-term and long-term career goals
- Developing your professional, Canadian-style resume and cover letter template
- Explaining the route for you to become licensed in your chosen profession
- Helping you research alternative careers in your chosen field
- Identifying options for continuing post-secondary education or certification
- Connecting you with professional associations or other useful organizations for networking
- Gathering information for you about the labour market in your career choice
- Teaching you how to job search in Canada
- Referring self-employment inquiries to the appropriate PEI resources
- Identifying volunteer opportunities for you to gain valuable Canadian work experience
- Connecting you with potential employers
- Assisting you to reach your employment goals by providing ongoing counselling and coaching
- Locating career skills building opportunities
- Assisting you to apply for available government wage subsidy programs
- Referring you to other programs and services as needed
Pathways to Licensure
If you are a newcomer who has previous work experience in a regulated occupation, you will need a license, certificate, or registration to practice in your profession on PEI. Review the list of professions below, and for assistance to understand the pathway to employment for your occupation, or if your occupation isn’t listed, please ask your Employment Counsellor.
- Medical Laboratory Technologists
- Skilled Trades
Any newcomer to Canada can register with the Employment Assistance Service if they are:
- Living in Prince Edward Island, and
- Legally entitled to work in Canada
The Employment Assistance Service (EAS) has been assisting newcomers to Canada to find employment since 1995.