Employment Assistance Services

The Employment Assistance Services (EAS) team works collaboratively with other IRSA departments to provide integrated employment-related support tailored to meet the specific barriers faced by newcomers to Canada.

You are eligible to receive these services if you are:

  • Living in the province of Prince Edward Island, and
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada.

If you are a new immigrant, after you arrive in PEI and have registered with IRSA, you can make an appointment to meet with an employment specialist for support when looking for work or considering your career options. The employment specialist 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 with previous work experience in a regulated occupation, you will need a license, certificate, or registration to practice in your profession on PEI. Your employment specialist will help you understand the pathway to employment for your occupation. Here are some professions that are regulated in PEI (not all are listed here):

  • Accountants
  • Architects
  • Dentists
  • Engineers
  • Lawyers
  • Medical laboratory technologists
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Physicians
  • Skilled trades
  • Teachers
  • Truckers
  • Veterinarians

The Employment Assistance Service (EAS) has been assisting newcomers to Canada to find employment since 1995.

IRSA New Client Registration
PEI Connectors
Atlantic Immigrant Career Loan Fund

Immigrating to Canada?

Free online tools, resources and courses designed to help you find a job in your field in Canada

Guide for Newcomers: Employment
Guide for Newcomers: Adult Education

Program Team

Amy MacLean

Amy MacLean
Manager, Employment Services

(902) 628-6009 ext. 222

Cindy Chen

Cindy Chen
Employment Specialist

(902) 628-6009 ext. 236

Eric Myers

Eric Myers
Employment Specialist

(902) 628-6009 ext. 224

Vicky Ding

Vicky Ding
Employment Specialist

(902) 628-6009 ext. 257

Lisa Chaisson

Lisa Chaisson
Employment Specialist

(902) 628-6009 ext. 205

Monica Mahindra

Monica Mahindra
Employment Specialist

(902) 628-6009 ext. 270

Nika Silinsh

Nika Silinsh
Employment Specialist

(902) 628-6009 ext. 239

Steve Lai

Steve Lai
Atlantic Immigration Program Coordinator

(902) 628-6009 ext. 227