Poverty Reduction Council

The Prince Edward Island Poverty Reduction Council (the ‘Council’) is responsible to oversee the implementation and monitoring of the collaborative Poverty Reduction Action Plan (2019-2024)

What is the function of the Council?

In overseeing the implementation of the Poverty Reduction Action Plan, the Council provides advice to the Minister Responsible for Poverty Reduction, and support to local community networks. The multi-sectoral Council is made up of people knowledgeable of, and committed to, the plan’s vision and guiding principles. The establishment of the Council recognizes that successful implementation of the Poverty Reduction Plan depends on active community participation and collaboration to maximize supports and services for Islanders.

How many people are on the Council?

The Poverty Reduction Council will have a minimum of 12 members: three provincial government representatives and at least nine members who bring a diverse range of knowledge, experience, expertise and executive leadership related to implementing solutions to complex issues.

What are the requirements of Council members?

Each Council member is required to possess the ability to represent one or more of the following perspectives, or contribute the following skills:
•    knowledge of poverty and its impact, with a particular focus on social and economic inclusion
•    lived experience
•    rural and urban
•    corporate and not-for-profit
•    service provider
•    board experience
•    decision making capabilities
•    financial acumen

What are the nomination requirements?

Poverty Reduction Council members will be appointed by Executive Council.

Will I get paid?

You will not get paid to attend meetings, however, expenses to attend meetings are covered.

What is the time commitment of the Council?

The Poverty Reduction Council will meet monthly during the start-up phase and quarterly thereafter. Additional meetings may be held at the call of the co-chairs.

Poverty Reduction Council - Members
Term Start
Term End
Andrea MacDonald, co-chair
Jan 30, 2019
Dec 31, 2021
Scott Annear
Jan 30, 2019
Dec 31, 2021
Roma Arsenault
Jan 30, 2019
Dec 31, 2021
Paxton Caseley
Jan 30, 2019
Dec 31, 2021


Polly Rice
Jan 30 2019
Dec 31, 2021
Lori St. Onge
Jan 30, 2019
Dec 31, 2021
Jenny Wood
Jan 30, 2019
Dec 31, 2021
Regina Younker
Jan 30, 2019
Dec 31, 2021
Barb Broome
August 20, 2019
Aug. 31, 2022
Kayla Watson
Queens August 20, 2019 Aug. 31, 2022

The following appointments to the Council are at pleasure:

  • Deputy Minister, Social Development and Housing, co-chair;
  • Executive Director, Educational Services (vice Deputy Minister, Education and Lifelong Learning); and
  • Deputy Minister, Health and Wellness

How can I apply? 

To serve as a member of the Poverty Reduction Action Council, or any other provincial government agency, board, or commission (ABC), you can apply online through Engage PEI


If you have questions about the application process or would like support to prepare an application, contact Jennifer Burgess, Manager - Planning, Policy, and Innovation at 902-368-5199 or jmburgess@ihis.org.


Published date: 
February 17, 2021
Executive Council Office

General Inquiries

Executive Council Office
5th Floor, Shaw Building
95 Rochford Street
P.O. Box 2000,
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

General Inquiries:
Phone: 902-368-4502
Fax: 902-368-6118


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