On November 14, 2017, the Government of Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) committed to a Poverty Reduction Plan as part of the province's Throne Speech, and more recently, appointed a 12-person multi-sectoral advisory committee to bring forward short and longer-term solutions to poverty in a Poverty Reduction Plan. The Plan is expected to be ready for fall 2018 and will include actions in the areas of housing, food security, education and employment, says Committee Chair, Roxanne Carter-Thompson.
The P.E.I. Poverty Reduction Plan community engagement is happening from now until June 2018. Two of ten small group discussions are still upcoming, as well as six community conversations, an open public online survey, and a targeted survey for service providers to submit their feedback. If you are a resident of P.E.I. or would like to learn more about the process, visit their website here.
If you would like to keep informed about the P.E.I. Poverty Reduction Plan by receiving email updates, you can also sign up for their mailing list.
Government's Role in Ending Poverty
These developments in Prince Edward Island come on the heels of Ontario's 2017 Poverty Reduction Strategy Annual Report, which exemplifies how governments developing and implementing robust strategies with measurable targets and clear timelines are critical for having a real impact on poverty.
All provinces and territories, along with the Federal Government for the first time, now have or are developing poverty reduction plans, in addition to or alongside, the introduction of progressive legislation and policy at all levels. There is much indication right now that achieving an end to poverty in Canada is possible within a generation.
Take Your Learning Further
- Meet P.E.I.'s 12-member Advisory Committee
- Access the P.E.I. Poverty Reduction Plan Discussion Paper
- Find out more about the P.E.I. public engagement process
- Explore the progress Ontario is reporting in ending child poverty and increasing housing affordability
- Be inspired by local, provincial and federal policies and programs that are helping to end poverty across Canada