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Co-Op Program at Kensington Intermediate Senior High

The Co-op program is for grade 11 and 12 students, and there is usually 12-25 students enrolled every semester. Co-op students must complete 60 hours of unpaid job experience, usually between 1:15 and 2:30pm each day. Call Todd at the school for more information, 902-836-8901.

Skills PEI
SkillsPEI is a Division of the Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning. It offers programming for delivery of training and skills development programming funded by the Canada-Prince Edward Island Labour Market Development Agreement and Canada-PEI Job Fund Agreement. Skills PEI has programs for Job Seekers, Older Workers, Employers and Organisations.

Work PEI
Work PEI is a website for employers and employees to connect with one another. Employers can post job openings, or seek out potential employees based on skills and qualifications.

Holland College On-the-Job Training
Various Holland College programs require students to complete an OJT component. Local businesses can agree to take students on as paid or unpaid interns/employees for a period of time to help students earn school credit.

Opportunities PEI
Opportunities PEI connects people who want to live in PEI with the resources to help build a career and a life in PEI.

Special Projects Program
All non-profit organizations in PEI and municipal and provincial government departments and agencies in PEI can apply for Special Projects wage funding to create employment opportunities for unemployed Islanders who have difficulty securing employment.

Jobs for Youth Program
The Jobs for Youth Program is designed to create jobs for Island students by assisting local organizations, businesses, and government departments to carry out projects which will benefit Island communities. The Program is funded by the Government of Prince Edward Island and administered by the PEI Employment Development Agency.

Canada Summer Jobs
Federal Government Funding Programs.

Human Resources

PEI HR ToolKit
Are you looking for information and tools to help you: Find and keep the workers you need? Work with younger generations? Create diverse and inclusive workplaces? Understand the basics of human resource management? Develop a succession plan? Learn about employment laws, benefits and compensation plans? Access financial and other supports for hiring workers?

Trade HERizons
Trade HERizons program is designed to increase women’s access to employment in non-traditional trades and technology. This is done by building positive relationships between employers, mentors and women interested in various trades and technology sectors.

Market Research

Canada Business Network
The Canada Business Network’s mandate is to encourage business success through sound business planning, market research and the use of strategic business information. Some of the business research they have access to include industry profiles, economic and consumer trends, demographics, consumer and household spending, and in-market analysis on industries and products. Call 1-888-576-4444 to speak to a business officer.

Permits and Licenses

Do you know what licenses and permits are required to start or grow your business? Will you require a building permit? A site plan? An industrial waste registration? Do you have your sign approval, your septic tank permit?
BizPal is designed to answer these and many other questions in order to save you time, money and effort and help you focus on what is important in building your business.


Innovation PEI – Global Trade Services Division
The Trade and Export Development division works closely with the business development and prospecting groups in an effort to develop incremental or new export channels. This division works collaboratively across industry and government to create partnerships that will leverage all the parts and pieces of investment in export efforts to a greater focus.

Trade Team PEI
TTPEI’s mission is to promote the expansion of PEI’s economy through increased international trade in goods and services and related activities. Trade Team PEI provides Island exporters with a variety of services/programs including: Trade missions (out-going and incoming); Trade shows; Export Help! – Export issue diagnostic, analysis and resolution consulting services; Cluster development consulting services; Access to market and trade research and Participation in Pan-Atlantic initiatives though the International Business Development Agreement (IBDA).

Global Affairs Canada
Check this webpage for on-the-ground intelligence and practical advice about foreign markets to help you make better, timelier and cost-effective decisions in order to achieve your goals abroad. Find up-to-date information on controlled products and learn how to obtain the necessary permits and certificates. Trade Missions are about opening doors and developing long-term trade and investment opportunities in foreign markets for Canadian businesses, including small and medium-sized enterprises, women, youth, aboriginal entrepreneurs and new exporters.

CanExport Funding
On January 5, 2016, Minister Chrystia Freeland announced a new program to increase the competitiveness of Canadian companies. CanExport will provide up to $50 million over five years in direct financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada seeking to develop new export opportunities, particularly in high-growth priority markets and sectors.
Delivered by the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) of Global Affairs Canada, in partnership with the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), CanExport provides financial support for a wide range of export marketing activities.


eForcePEI gives Prince Edward Island businesses the ability to provide skills training to their employees at no cost. Visit the website and sign up for a free account to chose from an extensive selection of free courses, assign, track and manage employee training and access courses online.

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