Charlottetown - History, Beauty, and Opportunity

By Barbara Hopkins

The birthplace of Canadian Confederation, Charlottetown, is Prince Edward Island’s capital city, filled with history but still modern and forward-thinking.

Charlottetown is located on the south shore of the island, with a population of 34,500. Along with multicultural street festivals, the largest Canada Day fireworks display east of Montreal, music festivals, cultural events, sports facilities and nightlife, Charlottetown also has some of the cleanest air in Canada. While aware that tourism is vital to the local economy (as well as farming and fishing), the provincial government and community are encouraging immigration, promoting Charlottetown as a safe, clean community which offers good quality of life and low cost of living.

The principal organization for newcomers to PEI is the Prince Edward Island Association for Newcomers to Canada, (, which provides settlement, ESL, and employment services. There is also a newcomers’ guide on the city’s website,, which is available in a number of languages.

The PEI Association for Newcomers has extensive employment information. Demand for skills includes those in financial services, information technology, and technical areas of bio-technology.

The cost of housing on Prince Edward Island is below the national average. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, the average house price in Canada is over $350,000, while the 2011 average in Charlottetown was $175,000.

Charlottetown has excellent elementary and secondary schools in both English and French, while post-secondary education is offered by the University of Prince Edward Island and Holland College. Both are located in Charlottetown and enjoy international reputations in a wide range of academic areas, from Arts to Aerospace and from Tourism to Veterinary Medicine.

The City of Charlottetown’s Mayor Clifford Lee says:

“The City of Charlottetown is experiencing unprecedented [never before seen] growth in newcomers to our city. The Provincial government nominee program has attracted a large number of newcomers to our province. We have seen new refugees, new investors and their families come to the Capital City. We strive [try hard] to be a welcoming community and encourage all newcomers to truly become part of the Charlottetown family. We have so much to offer. We have a beautiful, clean, safe, and prosperous city, and an excellent education system. It is our objective to provide open arms to new members of our community, and for them to settle here and make Charlottetown a place that they and their families can call home.”

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