Prince Edward Island

Organizations

Campaign for a Basic Income Guarantee on Prince Edward Island

Established since 2013, the Campaign for a Basic Income Guarantee PEI is the principle basic income guarantee project in Prince Edward Island. It is the permanent campaign of the Prince Edward Island Working Group for a Livable Income, a network of ten community-based organizations: Cooper Institute, ResourceAbility (PEI Council of People with Disabilities), PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, PEI People First, Women’s Network PEI and United Way PEI, CUPE PEI, Actions Femmes, Culture PEI, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Holy Redeemer Parish, and groups with associated interests like the PEI Association of Social Workers, Habitat for Humanity PEI, and others.

Events/Activities

Voluntary Resource Council and Cooper Institute (2019-2020)

Supported by a federal New Horizons for Seniors project, a group of seniors participated in a series of workshops designed to explore and develop an understanding of BIG. At the end of the project, they organized a very well-attended community event in Charlottetown.

PEI government, Special Legislative Committee on Poverty

Formed in July 2019, this all-party committee of the PEI Legislative Assembly was asked to “report back to the Legislative Assembly within twelve months with fully costed recommendations regarding the creation of a Basic Income Guarantee pilot for Prince Edward Island.” Read the Committee’s Interim Report submitted July 8, 2020, which recommended that the provincial government adopt a market-basket measure as its official measure of poverty when making changes to legislation, regulations and policy.