Island voices sought for poverty reduction council
The province’s poverty reduction council wants to add more community members to ensure poverty reduction measures address the diverse needs of Islanders.
Islanders with lived experience and those who work day-to-day with Islanders experiencing poverty are encouraged to apply through Engage PEI.
“Our province is much stronger when we work together to ensure that all Islanders feel secure and supported and can lead healthy, independent lives,” said Social Development and Housing minister, Ernie Hudson. “Too many Islanders are struggling. We want to ensure that the actions, policies and programming available through government and the community can help meet the basic needs of Islanders and protect the common good.”
The Poverty Reduction Council was created in February 2019. The council’s key duties include:
- responding to direction from, and providing advice to, the minister responsible for poverty reduction;
- overseeing implementation, monitoring and reporting of the Poverty Reduction Action Plan; and
- engaging with the public, community groups, not-for-profit and service organizations.
“Community leadership on the council will bring essential voices of Islanders with lived experiences of poverty and those who support and advocate for them," said Andrea MacDonald, poverty reduction council chair. “Their perspectives and advice are critical to successfully addressing the complex issues in the action plan.”
The Poverty Reduction Action Plan, released in November 2018, outlined 67 action items focused on improving housing, food, employment and well-being. The Government of Prince Edward Island has committed $68 million dollars over five years to implement all recommendations of the plan. Islanders have seen immediate impact including significant increases to social assistance allowances, support to create a 211 information line, support to pilot a women’s shelter and the ostomy supplies program.
Within the next six months, Government will act on addressing key recommendations of the action plan including the introduction of a new Secure Income Program which will benefit the most vulnerable.
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Social Development and Housing