Poverty Reduction Action Plan for PEI

Poverty is a community challenge – responding to poverty is a community responsibility.  Individuals, families, communities, non-governmental organizations, academia, service and faith organizations and all levels of government must work together to support those in need. 

Government is committed to creating a collaborative Poverty Reduction Action Plan to address poverty on Prince Edward Island. The action plan will build on existing community strengths and will focus on housing, employment, food, education, health, inclusion and community capacity building.

Poverty Reduction Advisory Council

The Poverty Reduction Advisory Council, made up of 12 community members, is guiding the process. We are using a whole-of-community collaborative approach. This will make sure the action plan addresses the needs of Islanders. Our process will bring together:

  • those affected by poverty
  • community members
  • not-for-profit groups
  • private sector
  • other government sectors
  • academia and researchers

Background Documents

Download the PEI Poverty Reduction Discussion Paper that provides background and explains how the action plan will be developed.

Fact sheets provide background information on poverty issues, including:

Download a list of additional resources on poverty reduction

Public Engagement Process

Islanders' experiences and thoughts about poverty were gathered throughout the spring of 2018 as part of a public engagement process to help develop a collaborative, province-wide poverty reduction action plan.  Activities included:

  • Public survey
  • Service provider survey
  • Small group conversations with people with lived experience and service providers
  • Community conversations that were open to the public

How will input be used?

The ideas and feedback of individuals, families and communities gathered during the public engagement process will inform the action plan.

Stay connected

Send us an email to the address below to receive regular updates.


Telephone: (902) 368-6185
Toll-free: 1-866-594-3777
Email: povertyreduction@gov.pe.ca

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General Inquiries

Department of Family and Human Services
2nd Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: (902) 620-3777
Toll-free: 1-866-594-3777
Fax: (902) 368-4740