One of the fastest growing sectors in the city, key partners are working together to grow an already impressive list of companies, research entities, institutions and talent. This sector has been referred to as PEI’s “oil sands” and key institutions such as the National Research Council, the University of Prince Edward Island and companies including Novartis Animal Health and Bio-Vectra have invested heavily in Charlottetown.
A key focus on infrastructure investment in recent years, Charlottetown has seen a wide variety of new technology companies established. The Atlantic Technology Centre in Charlottetown is a proven incubator for up and coming industry participants. Included among new sub-sectors is the tremendous growth of the computer gaming industry which has shown explosive growth world-wide.
Players in the global financial services sector have made Charlottetown their home. They have found that business cost advantages and available skilled labour have made Charlottetown the right choice for investment. They not only thrive here, but look to grow, and add to their employee base. New companies are arriving each year specializing in credit card processing, client relations, fund administration, technical assistance, and other function areas.
Advanced Manufacturing/Marine/Aerospace – Boasting a highly skilled workforce, Charlottetown offers a low-cost, high-value business environment, world-class training institutions, and is home to Charlottetown Airport with easy access to significant markets.
Tourism represents the Island’s largest service industry export and maintains the status as the largest sector in the province. The completion of the Confederation Bridge in 1997 has had a profound effect on the tourism industry and has changed the life of travelers to Prince Edward Island forever. Charlottetown is the proud home of the Charlottetown Festival and the perennial mainstage production of Anne of Green Gables which has charmed generations of theatre-goers. The city’s tourism industry has fueled a vibrant service sector providing a wide variety of restaurants/nightlife and entertainment.
Charlottetown is a harbourside tourism destination bursting with entertainment, nightlife, beaches and the best golf in the nation. All of these amenities draw high quality meetings and conventions to Charlottetown. The primary convention facility is the Delta Prince Edward, and conferences up to 1500 can be accommodated.