Prince Edward Island Poverty Progress Profile 2016

Although the direct cost of poverty for the Government of Prince Edward Island (PEI) has been calculated at almost $100 million per year (with additional indirect costs of $220 million),1 the government has not made additional commitments to ending poverty in the province since the expiry of its poverty plan in 2015. The previous poverty plan, entitled Social Action Plan to Reduce Poverty, was created in response to a commitment in the 2010 Speech from the Throne and covered a three-year span. The plan’s primary focus included employment and education. Poverty in PEI manifests in visible ways for the small island population. Concretely, PEI is host to high rates of food insecurity, unemployment, and low minimum wages. 

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