Social Assistance Appeal Board

To provide an independent hearing to social assistance clients who are dissatisfied with decisions made concerning their application/benefits under social assistance to ensure legislation, regulations and policies are upheld.

What is the function of the board?

To make decisions on whether or not an appeal should be granted or denied.

Primary Role:  Adjudicative

How many people are on the board?

The board shall be composed of not less than seven and not more than nine members with some relevant experience in human services, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council as follows:

  • (a) at least two members shall be from each of the provincial counties;
  • (b) at least one member shall be a former recipient of welfare assistance or social assistance;
  • (c) at least one member shall be fluent in French and English.

What are the requirements of board members?

Work & Experience Requirements: Relevant experience in human services.

What are the nomination requirements?

Statutory Nomination Requirements: The Lieutenant Governor in Council shall appoint all members.

Traditional Nomination Requirements: At the discretion of the Minister of Social Development and Housing.

Will I get paid?

Chair - $161/diem and Members - $109/diem.

What is the time commitment of the board?

Hearings are held upon receipt of an appeal.

The term of office for the members of the Board shall be three years and members may be re-appointed, provided that a member may not serve more than two consecutive terms.

Social Assistance Appeal Board - Members
Name County Term Start Term End
Eric Gallant, Chair Kings County Jan 26, 2021 Sept 22, 2023
Brenda Doyle Prince County Jun 26, 2018 Jun 26, 2021
Ashley Schurman Prince County Mar 12, 2019 Mar 12, 2022
Lauretta Balderston Prince County Nov 22, 2019 Nov 22, 2022
Vicki Francis Queens County Mar 30, 2021 Mar 30, 2024
Mary Baird Kings County May 23, 2020 May 23, 2023
Michael McIntosh Kings County Mar 30, 2021 Mar 30, 2024
Connie Bregant Queens County Mar 30, 2021 Mar 30, 2024
Dale Murphy Queens County Nov 26, 2018 Nov 26, 2021

How can I apply?

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Who can I contact?

Director of Social Programs

Published date: 
April 6, 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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