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PEI’s rates of low income were relatively stable throughout the 2000s and the post-recession period, but have fluctuated significantly in recent years.
There is no accepted measure of poverty in Canada. Instead, the measures of low income, need, and deprivation are used. None are perfect, but together they paint a picture.
Stable, safe, adequate housing is a fundamental human need, and provides a foundation from which Islanders can achieve success in education, employment, community participation, and health.
Access to sufficient quantities of nutritious food is a fundamental human need. When individuals or families have inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints, they are said to be, food insecure, . Rates of food insecurity have been measured in Canada since 2005.
Employment plays a critically important role in poverty prevention and reduction.
Many factors contribute to poverty including age, gender, family structure, special populations, region of residence, employment, and the cost of accommodating a disability or health condition or raising children.