Disabled on PEI living on welfare at 57% of the poverty line
The National Council of Welfare has published statistics that show people with disabilities on PEI are living 43% below the LICO poverty line (or low-income cut-off).
People with disabilities were receiving almost 90% of the assistance they needed in 1992. Reforms to the welfare system on PEI hit the disabled hard and their situation deteriorated significantly since then.
Since 2003 the disabled have been living at 57% of the after-tax LICO.
The majority of Islanders on welfare are in that situation because they can’t find employment due to their disabilities. Continue reading