As the smallest province in Canada, the Island has a reputation for art, culture, education and life that far exceeds its physical size. More than 90 different cultures are represented on PEI, ensuring a diverse and enriching way of life.
With a population of just over 155,000, its size keeps us authentic, flexible and well connected. True, the breathtaking scenery of Prince Edward Island draws millions of visitors here, but people choose to stay here for all kinds of other reasons: the feeling of being in a small town, the non-existent rush hours, the short commutes to work, the low crime rate and the quality of education.
A growing economy
The Island economy depends on a mix of traditional resources - agriculture, fishing and tourism - and growing industrial sectors like food, life sciences and manufacturing technologies.
The capital city of Charlottetown has more than 65,000 residents and is a city experiencing rapid economic, cultural and social growth. With a vibrant technology hub, service sector and public sector, many people make the short commute from rural communities to work. Summerside is the second largest city in the province and the main municipality on the West Island. This is a small community with big ambitions in the fields of aerospace and environmental technologies.
Quality of Life
Residents enjoy comfortable lives where the costs of living, rent and heating are relatively low. Although on the rise, housing and real estate costs remain among the lowest in the country. The province has one of the highest homeownership rates in the country. In many communities on the Island, you can get a three- or four-bedroom house, with a yard and a garage, for the surprisingly low average cost of $ 250,000.
Do you have a young family? Our staff tell us that an undeniable advantage of living in our province is the quality of the early childhood centers, as well as their reasonable prices. Each of the regions offers early childhood centers in English and French, and Prince Edward Island has ranked first in the country for the quality of its early childhood education programs for several years.