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Licensed Tourism Accommodations

The licensing of all tourism establishments (accommodations/camping) is the responsibility of Tourism PEI under the Tourism Industry Act of Prince Edward Island. 

Under the Tourism Industry Act , a tourism establishment is defined as:
"an establishment that provides temporary accommodation for a guest for a continuous period of less than one month, and includes a building, structure or place in which accommodation or lodging, with or without food, is furnished for a price to travelers such as a cabin, cottage, housekeeping unit, hotel lodge, motel, inn, hostel, bed and breakfast establishment, resort, travel trailer, travel trailer park, recreational vehicle park, houseboat, camping cabin and campground."

To be licensed as a tourism establishment on PEI, operators must :

  1. Be inspected annually and pass the inspection criteria as defined in the Tourism Industry Act and Regulations.
  2. Pay licence fees as mandated by the Tourism Industry Act and Regulations.
  3. Report occupancy to Tourism PEI by the tenth day following the end of each month of operations as per Tourism Industry Act and Regulations.
  4. Perform water testing on the drinking water supply to the tourism accommodation "every three months, or part thereof during the calender year that the tourism establishment is receiving guests, by a laboratory accredited by the Standards Council of Canada", as per Tourism Industry Act and Regulations.

Non - compliant operations are operators who have not met one or more of the conditions required for licensing and therefore are non-complaint with the Tourism Industry Act.

If after two months of compliance protocols and correspondence which include telephone calls, e-mails, letters and registered letters, operators still have not met the conditions of licence then they will be listed on the government website as being non-compliant and we will begin the process to revoke their licence to operate a tourism accommodation.  

If an operation is listed as non-compliant and then meets the conditions of licence the non compliant listing will be removed immediately and the establishment will be placed in the licensed accommodation section (tourism inspection reports).

There are approximately 1,200 licensed accommodation operators and over 6,000 rooms available for visitors coming to PEI.  Our licensing program focusses on education and prevention measures. This program protects consumers and PEI’s reputation as a quality destination.

Tourism PEI and its industry partners are extremely proud of the quality of our accommodations and work together to ensure our visitors enjoy the best possible vacation based on quality services and memorable experiences.

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