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Question 11

Olive Crane gives notice that she will ask the Minister responsible for Community Services and Seniors the following question:

Date Submitted : November 18, 2014

How many applications came in for the PEI Home Renovation Program? What was the decision method process to approve an application? What was the average grant provided to the successful application? Will this program be available to Seniors in the 2015-2016 year? Will there be more money invested in the program since the high demand? Will the program design and eligibility be changed in any way to enable more people to participate?


Date answered : November 20, 2014Printable PDF - 64511_answer.pdf


How many applications came in for the PEl Home Renovation Program?

The PEl Home Renovation Program was launched on December 10, 2013. 412 applications were received, of which 190 applications were received on the first three days of the program. More than enough applications were received the first three days of the program to fully commit the budget allocation. Applications were no longer accepted after January 9, 2014.In 2014-2015, application forms were made available to the public on June 9,2014. The Department accepted applications from June 16 to June 20,2014. As of the first day (June 16) a total of 531 applications were received.

What was the decision method process to approve an application?

It was announced that funds would be distributed on a first come, first served basis to eligible applicants until the program budget was exhausted.

What was the average grant provided to the successful application?

For 2013-2014, the average grant of projects completed to date is $16,900. Some projects are still in progress; as such the final average may vary.

For 2014-2015, eligibility and inspection processes have started. No projects have yet been completed and therefore, an average cannot be provided.

Will this program be available to Seniors in the 2015-2016 year?

The program is directed to low income homeowners including families, seniors and persons with disabilities. This is a five year program and will continue for 2015/16,2016/17 and 2017/18.

Will there be more money invested in the program since the high demand?

All budget lines are reviewed as part ofthe annual budget process for each department. All projects receiving grants for both intakes need to be completed to provide a basis to review the impact of grants issued to date and to consider possible investments. At this time, investments are expected to remain unchanged.

Will the program design and eligibility be changed in any way to enable more people to participate?

Program design, eligibility and processes are being reviewed prior and it is too soon to comment if changes may occur.


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