Prince Edward Island
May 1, 2018
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Hastings Prince Edward Regions housing crisis
August 22, 2017
Christine Durant, of the Poverty Roundtable Hastings Prince Edward, said there is a dire shortage of affordable units, especially spaces for seniors and the working poor. She urged the municipality to take action to assist in encouraging residents to offer more affordable apartments, which she said would go a long way in reducing a staggering waiting list which is fuelling the acute housing shortage.
To paint a clearer picture of the underlying financial challenges, Durant explained an individual on Ontario Works and Ontario Disability gets $376 and $479 respectively for shelter allowance, when the average cost for a one bedroom apartment in Quinte West is $915. A family of four gets $729 allowance.
The planned minimum wage increase will ease some of the income pressures.
There is not enough income in peoples hands, Durant said.
Reporting on poverty in PEI: April 2017:
Social assistance turned me away when
I needed it most
Charlottetown woman goes on social assistance
to raise grandchildren
Islanders in poverty say PEI supports,
programs dont go far enough
Trying to break the cycle of poverty
in a family
Being poor in todays society
A disability means poverty
Poverty dominates agenda at PEI legislature
Mundy says PEI government developing
poverty reduction strategy
Why are social assistance mileage rates
half what PEI MLAs receive?
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
Campaign 2000 releases 2016 Report Card
November 24, 2016
Campaign 2000 released its 2016 annual Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada on Thursday, November 24, in Ottawa. This date marks 27 years since the unanimous House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada and seven years after the entire House of Commons voted to develop an immediate plan to end poverty for all in Canada.
Complete report (English) (PDF - 1.9MB,
The 2016 national report card, A Road Map to Eradicate Child & Family Poverty, highlights the compelling reasons why the federal government needs to adopt a child and family poverty reduction lens on all policy, program and spending decisions.
NOTE : The complete report is available in English only.)
The national report card release corresponds with several Campaign 2000 partners releasing provincial report cards on child and family poverty in the following cities:
Vancouver, British Columbia
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Campaign 2000 Infographic : Issues and
Solutions (small PDF file)
Prince Edward Island : May 4, 2015
Elections Prince Edward Island
nnPEI Provincial Election
CBC : PEI Votes
Liberals win majority in P.E.I. election
Government accountability a theme during four-week campaign
May 04, 2015
- Go to the Prince Edward Island Links page:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:
Social Assistance Summaries 2014 (PDF - 235KB,
Anne Makhoul, March 2015
The informative Social Assistance Statistical Report [ http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2011/rhdcc-hrsdc/HS25-2-2008-eng.pdf ], published by the federal and provincial/territorial governments, was last released in 2010 and presented 2008 data. In its place, the Caledon Institute will publish a Social Assistance Summaries series as part of its web-based Canada Social Report, which will be operational in spring 2015. In the interim, this publication offers an advance viewing of 12 of Canadas 13 provincial and territorial Social Assistance programs. Material from Nunavut was not available in time to be included in this paper.
A summary was prepared for each province and territory with input and feedback from government representatives in every jurisdiction. All reports include program descriptions and data on the number of social assistance cases and recipients dating, in most jurisdictions, from 1997 to 2014. The summaries will be updated annually.
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
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Government Home Page
Guide - links to departments, agencies, publications
Government Telephone and E-mail Directory
Government of PEI News Releases- What's New, Releases by Dept.
Keyword Search - bottom left-hand corner of any page
Statutes - Listed alphabetically and by Department
Guaranteed livable income plan possible,
Premier would like to see P.E.I. as centre of pilot project
April 4, 2014
P.E.I. Premier Robert Ghiz says he doesn't expect he will discuss the idea of a guaranteed livable income with the current federal government. (CBC)
Premier Robert Ghiz says he'd like to see P.E.I. become the site of a pilot project for a guaranteed livable income in Canada.
The idea has been brought up by various community groups, but this is the first endorsement by the provincial government.
Services and Seniors
The Department of Community Services. Seniors and Labour contributes to the well-being of individuals, families and communities by working collaboratively to promote the development of healthy, self-reliant individuals as well as supporting and protecting vulnerable members in the Island community.
Community Services and Seniors is
the Department responsible for welfare in PEI.
See the grey box above for key welfare links.
For more information about welfare in other Canadian jurisdictions,
see the Canadian Social Research Links Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page
Healthy diet not possible on social assistance:
Social assistance food rates up only 10 per cent since 2002
June 16, 2014
P.E.I. government documents show social assistance rates in the province provide, on average, only 61 per cent of the money required for a healthy diet, CBC News has learned. The analysis comes from a government presentation to anti-poverty groups obtained through a freedom of information request. The government estimates it was last providing a sufficient budget for a healthy diet in 2002. Since then it has increased the food rate just once, by 10 per cent in 2009. Meanwhile, food costs are up almost 40 per cent.
Two years called too long for social assistance
Province needs to do its own food cost study, says nutrition professor
CBC News Posted: April 24, 2014
P.E.I. Social Services Minister Valerie Docherty announced Wednesday she is looking at raising rates as early as this summer, but big increases to food allowances will likely not come until two years in to a five-year plan. Professor Jennifer Taylor said people should not have to wait that long. Taylor's recent food costing study in Charlottetown showed families on assistance are short almost $150 a month trying to buy a monthly basket of 66 basic food items.
- includes links to four more related articles in the left-hand margin.
- also includes 32 comments (at the bottom of the article) reflecting different perspectives about improvements to social assistance
CBC News PEI
Community Services and Seniors Annual Report
for the Fiscal Year April 2011 to March 2012 (PDF - 3.9MB, 31 pages)
Community Services, Seniors and Labour
Annual Report for the Fiscal Year April 2010 to March 2011 (PDF - 1.4MB, 37 pages)
Social Action Plan to Reduce Poverty - main page
- links to all PEI poverty reduction papers including the Action Plan itself as well as the related documents and backgrounders below:
Reduction on Prince Edward Island
NOTE: this link takes you to the PEI section of the
Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page of this site:
From CBC Prince Edward Island:
'Bread and butter' for children on welfare
October 29, 2009
P.E.I.'s social assistance rates are not meeting basic needs and the government needs to index payments with the cost of living, says a group studying how women manage on low incomes. Until June of this year, social assistance payments on P.E.I. were unchanged for 10 years. In June, the food rate went up by 10 per cent. The shelter rate increased by five per cent. The Women's Network of P.E.I., which conducted the study, said women cannot get by on occasional raises every decade.
Social assistance rates under constant review
October 30, 2009
Payments made to people on social assistance are reviewed annually, says the P.E.I. government, and it is looking at new ways to index those rates. A recent study by the Women's Network of P.E.I. suggested indexing rates to the consumer price index. It noted that rates went unchanged for a decade before an increase in June. Bob Creed, director of social programs for the province, said a couple of provinces do tie some of their social assistance rates to the consumer price index, but that wouldn't always be beneficial.
Prince Edward Island bumps up welfare allowances
August 27, 2009
Islanders on social assistance started getting more money to buy groceries and pay the rent earlier this summer, but the number of clients at the local food bank continues to rise.
CBC Prince Edward Island
Social Services and Seniors Annual Report (PDF - 935K, 24 pages)
2005-06 Annual Report Social Services and Seniors (PDF - 575K, 23 pages)
2003/04 Ministry of Health and Social Services Annual Report (PDF file - 1.5MB, 73 pages)
2003/04 Ministry of Health & Social Services Program Profile (PDF file - 2.5MB, 86 pages)
The Social Programs division provides supports and services to people with disabilities in Prince Edward Island to help them enjoy a good quality of life. The division also partners with many community organizations across the province that extend services in the areas of transportation, housing, job training and recreation.
Disability Support Program
NOTE: for similar (early childhood) programs elsewhere in Canada, go to the Canadian Social Research Links Early Learning and Child Care page.
Finance and Municipal Affairs
PEI Advisory Council
on the Status of Women
The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women was established to advise the Minister Responsible with respect to matters relating to the status of women, the development of public awareness regarding issues affecting women, and the promotion of change in attitudes within the community in order that women may enjoy an equality of opportunity.
Equality Report Card (PDF - 403K, 20 pages)
During the 2007 election, the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women introduced its plan for an Equality Report Card for PEI, and in June 2008, we published the first, pilot report. The Equality Report Card is a process to assess our Provinces progress towards womens equality goals.
We urge the government to consult and collaborate with community-based organizations to develop a Poverty Reduction Strategy like those in other provinces. We see the three priority areas below as key elements of Poverty Reduction:
* Improvements to the Employment Standards Act * Investment in affordable, accessible, appropriate housing (incl. housing for seniors and persons with disabilities * Increase direct allowances to social services recipients to
cover all of their basic needs.
There has been no action towards the promised Poverty Reduction Strategy to consider how we are doing across the province and across departments to assist people who live in poverty. There is no political will to name the problem of poverty and to provide poverty reduction initiatives. The full-time position in government that is meant to be dedicated to Poverty Reduction has been vacant for over a year.
PEI Advisory Council
on the Status of Women
Prince Edward Island Child Poverty Report Card for 2014
Lingering Too Long, At What Cost?
(PDF - 240KB, 4 pages)
This report is a first attempt to develop a Child Poverty Report Card for P.E.I. It is being done in cooperation with Campaign 2000. A more comprehensive report card will follow in cooperation with authors in Nova Scotia.
It is almost unimaginable that federal and provincial governments would allow poverty to increase at such a rate in Canada. Whatever happened to the Common Good the principle that is supposed to be at the heart of all good government? Whatever happened to the many UN Conventions signed by Canada and the Provinces?
(Source: Excerpts from the report)
More Islanders living in poverty now than
By Mitch MacDonald
November 24, 2014
A new report showing the level of poverty in Prince Edward Island is extremely disappointing, says a well-known social activist and author of the report. Mary Boyd, of the MacKillop Centre for Social Justice, said the report shows that poverty rate for P.E.I. now stands at 17.5 per cent.
The complete national child poverty report card:
Child Poverty 25 Years Later : We Can
2014 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada (PDF - 744KB, 12 pages)
[ Version française : http://www.campaign2000.ca/anniversaryreport/CanadaRC2014FR.pdf ]
Campaign 2000 is a non-partisan, cross-Canada network of 120 national, provincial and community partner organizations committed to working to end child and family poverty.
- For similar reports from other participating
go to the Campaign 2000 Child Poverty Report Card Links page:
PEI Pilot Food Costing Project Report Released
November 22, 2013
A University of Prince Edward Island/PEI Food Food Security Network project undertaken by UPEI researchers, Colleen Walton and Jennifer Taylor (also members of the PEIFSN) has been released, and demonstrates the importance of monitoring the costs of a healthy diet through a food costing process.
Prince Edward Island
Pilot Food Costing Project Report (PDF - 780K, 22 pages)
By Colleen Walton, PhD, Jennifer Taylor, RD PhD.
The objectives of this project were:
1) to determine the 2013 cost of the Nutritious Food Basket for PEI for various family types;
2) to compare 2013 Nutritious Food Basket costs for PEI to those assessed previously by the
Department of Community Services and Seniors (in 2003 and 2005).
PEI Food Security Network
The PEI Food Security Network is an education and action organization committed to achieving food security in Prince Edward Island.
Related links from CBC News:
P.E.I. eyes food cost study to help set assistance rates---Expert
says too many Islanders can't afford healthy food
November 18, 2013
The Prince Edward Island government is looking for fresh data to help set social assistance food rates and is restarting research into the cost of food eight years after the analysis was abandoned. (...) Community and Social Services Minister Valerie Docherty said she doesn't know why the food cost research hasn't been done in nearly a decade, but she has asked for it start again.
Food price increases worry food bank
August 20, 2012
Officials with the Upper Room Food Bank in Charlottetown are concerned about the predicted increase in food prices.
Child food insecurity 'an embarrassment'
August 1, 2013
It is time to make sure all P.E.I. children have enough healthy food to eat, says the head of the P.E.I. Food Security Network. Jennifer Taylor, who is also chair of the department of human sciences at UPEI, was reacting to a study this week that showed more than one child in four on P.E.I. faces some level of food insecurity
More than 1 in 4 children food insecure on P.E.I.
July 31, 2013
P.E.I. worst province for food insecurity.
The P.E.I. government is relaunching research into the cost of food.
Household Food Insecurity in Canada, 2011 (PDF - 1.6MB, 26 pages)
By Valerie Tarasuk, Andy Mitchell and Naomi Dachner
July 2013 ---
Canada work for all generations?
By Paul Kershaw and Lynell Anderson
October 18, 2011
Deal for Families blog
* YouTube video "New Deal for Families"
Human Early Learning Partnership
The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research network, based at the University of British Columbia. HELPs unique partnership brings together many scientific viewpoints to address complex early child development (ECD) issues. HELP connects researchers and practitioners from communities and institutions across B.C., Canada, and internationally.
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costs PEI over $240 million a year
January 26, 2011
It is estimated that the total cost of poverty in Prince Edward Island is at minimum between $240 and $320 million per year, which corresponds to about $1,720 and $2,265 per person, per year. These costs are calculated in The Cost of Poverty in PEI, published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia (CCPA-NS), in partnership with Poverty Bites and the MacKillop Centre for Social Justice.
Cost of Poverty in Prince Edward Island (PDF
- 361K, 7 pages)
"(...) The average poverty rate for unattached individuals in PEI is similar to the Atlantic Canadian average, and higher than the national average. When you look at a breakdown of unattached individuals low income rates, one group stands out using the Market Basket Measure (MBM), in PEI 29% of unattached men and women over 65 are living in low income, compared to 5% Canada wide, and 14% for Atlantic Canada (see Figure 3 in the report)."
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia (CCPA-NS)
[ CCPA National Office ]
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Stop clawback of child benefits, P.E.I.
urged [dead link]
November 12, 2009
The P.E.I. government needs to stop clawing back the National Child Benefit from families on social assistance, the National Council of Welfare says. The council, an arms-length advisory group for the federal minister of human resources, notes P.E.I. is now in a minority among the provinces in clawing back the federal benefit. On the Island the money counts as income and is deducted from what a family receives from the province. (...) The National Council of Welfare was joined in its call by the P.E.I. Advisory Council on the Status of Women. In June, the Advisory Council produced a report card looking at the provincial government's progress on certain issues, including the clawback of the National Child Benefit.
Atlantic millionaires and 77,000 households
mired in debt: Rich-poor gap grows as region loses wealth
A new report entitled Financial Security and Debt in Atlantic Canada examines trends in household wealth since the 1980sin Canada as a whole and in the Atlantic region. In particular, it looks at trends in wealth distribution, including Atlantic Canadas share of national wealth and in the portion of wealth owned by the top, middle and lower wealth groups.
Financial Security and Debt in Atlantic
By Kimberley Tran and Ronald Colman
Complete report (PDF - 7.1MB, 136 pages)
GPIAtlantic is an independent, non-profit research and education organization committed to the development of the Genuine Progress Index (GPI) a new measure of sustainability, wellbeing and quality of life.
of Atlantic Premiers
This web site provides information on:
* the Council of Atlantic Premiers (CAP),
* the Council of Maritime Premiers (CMP), and
* the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP)
The website also provides convenient online access to Council publications, employee contact information, and to regional agencies and organizations as well as providing information on Working Together for Atlantic Canada: An Action Plan for Regional Co-operation (PDF- 492k, November 8, 2001).
Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
ACOA is a federal government agency headquartered in the Atlantic Region. ACOA's goal is to improve the economy of Atlantic Canadian communities through the successful development of business and job opportunities.
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