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Question 33

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

Date Submitted : November 25, 2014

According to the MacKillop Centre for Social Justice, the percentage of children living in poverty on PEI has increased from 13.9 percent in 1989 to 17. 5 % in 2012. Why are so many children in this province living in poverty? 1 in 6 children on PEI live in poverty. What additional steps is your department taking to eradicate child poverty? Single parent families appear to have the most financial pressures. What additional steps is your department taking to alleviate poverty?


Date answered : November 27, 2014
Why are so many children in this province living in poverty? We recognize that children living in poverty is a challenging, complex social issue and more needs to do done to ensure children have their needs met. The province is committed to continuing to work with our federal, provincial and-territorial partners to move this important agenda forward.

1 in 6 children on PEl live in poverty. What additional steps is your department taking to eradicate child poverty? The Social Action Plan to Reduce Poverty was released on May 30, 2012. It provides a framework to strengthen supports to vulnerable Islanders in areas such as housing, financial supports, health services, early childhood development and job readiness.

As a part of the Social Action Plan to Reduce Poverty, government has taken the following steps in thepast year to improve the lives of children living in poverty:

  • An increase to all Social Assistance food rates,
  • A 3% increase to shelter rates,
  • An ongoing annual commitment of $121,000 to the Salvation Army Emergency Home Heating Program.
  • Single parent families appear to have the most financial pressures. What additional steps is your department taking to alleviate poverty? Single parent families may face greater financial pressures as they have reduced incomes when compared to two parent families. Government is working to improve the lives of low income families with programs such as:

  • Family Housing, which has added 60 new rent supplements in the past three years and,
  • Child Care Subsidy, which assists over 1,100 Island families with their child care expenses and has increased funding by $270,000 in the past two years.


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