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In 2012, the Government of Prince Edward Island (PEI) released a three-year poverty strategy called Social Action Plan to Reduce Poverty. Following the expiry of this strategy, the lack of action by the PEI government to renew the province’s poverty reduction strategy has been met with significant critique by civil society organizations. In the November 2015 report, Lingering Too Long. But Why?, the MacKillop Centre for Social Justice and the PEI Coalition for a Poverty Eradication Strategy encourage the provincial government to recommit to a poverty strategy. On November 14, 2017, two years after the plan expired, the Government of PEI promised to introduce a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy in 2018. The Government of PEI also announced that public consultations would be held to “engage with the public, community groups, not-for-profit and service organizations.”
Since this announcement, the PEI Poverty Reduction Advisory Council was created to assist with the development of a collaborative strategy for PEI. The Government of PEI also established a task force to help with the creation and implementation of a provincial housing strategy, which is expected to be unveiled in spring 2018.
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