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After tax LICO for person with disability on PEI

Welfare income for disabled on PEI falls

Disabled on PEI living on welfare at 57% of the poverty line

After tax LICO for person with disability on PEI

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

Roy Doucette, Director Labour Relations Province of PEI

PEI minimum wage gets closer to poverty line

Roy Doucette, Director Labour Relations Province of PEI
Roy Doucette, Director Labour Relations Province of PEI

PEI increases the minimum wage to $8.40 and hour, workers say its not enough, business groups complain but what is the real story?

The sub-headline for this story could have been the headline but we have heard it all before. People making the minimum wage don’t think it is enough to get by on. We would agree with them.

But in reality how low is the minimum wage?

PEI’s rate is the 2nd lowest in Canada. Some people would like it to be $10 an hour. Continue reading