2019 PEI

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The policies outlined below are incomplete and will be updated as we approach the election so be sure to check in with us before the big day. This was put together by humans and is therefore imperfect. If you spot something missing or that appears biased please let us know through the “bull” button. Thank you, and happy choosing!

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Childcare

  • Fund 300 new childcare spaces (3)
  • Create more early years centres and extend universally available spaces for 3- and 4-year olds (3)
  • Reduce childcare fees (3)
  • Create spaces with flexible times to accommodate different work schedules (3)
  • Support businesses and organizations that provide on-site childcare and early-learning spaces for the children of their employees (3)
  • Invest in training and compensation advancements for early-learning educators (3)

Childcare

  • Allocate $5 million to implement a free preschool program for all 4-year-olds by 2020 (4,16)

Childcare

  • Increase early childhood educators' wages without raising childcare prices by increasing grants to designated centres (1)

Childcare

  • Advocate for a universal federal childcare program (19)

Culture & Tourism

  • Fund product development initiatives, such as the Tourism Industry Association of PEI’s coastal circuit initiative (3)
  • Determine how trails for cycling, hiking, and snowshoeing can be developed for year-round tourism (3)
  • Establish a nature activity park in West Prince, to be operational by the summer of 2022 (3)
  • Have a stakeholder referendum on a marketing and product development levy and raise government funding by the same amount raised by the levy (3)
  • Reduce costs of provincial licensing and inspection of tourism properties by 25% by 2020 and 50% by 2021 (3)
  • Assist the tourism industry in attracting and retaining employees through a program similar to the Team Seafood and PEI Farm Team student bursary programs (3)

Culture & Tourism

  • Establish a tourism product development fund (20)
  • Create a program in which 1% of all construction costs of federal, provincial, and municipal buildings are allocated to local art (20)
  • Integrate more Island culture and heritage into the school curriculum (20)
  • Expand and digitize provincial archives to make them easier to access (20)
  • Launch the Island Digital Voices program to encourage Islanders to record and share oral and written histories (20)
  • Seek a UNESCO designation for Province House (20)

Culture & Tourism

  • Invest in active tourism (eg, cycling, birding, and kayaking) infrastructure (1)
  • Provide support for Indigenous tourism development (1)

Culture & Tourism

  • We have not identified any positions on this topic. Please send us a link if you find their policy!

Economy & Employment

  • Create a $1,000 scholarship for anyone entering an apprenticeship (3)
  • Eliminate apprenticeship fees for students leaving work to complete their technical training (3)
  • Increase the size of the graduate mentorship program (3)
  • Implement a program to allow employees to take part in new training while at their current jobs, at an annual cost of $2 million (3)
  • Bring in a $5 million fund for four years to support private sector initiatives designed to open new markets (3)

Economy & Employment

  • Establish an interest-free loan program for up to $200,000 for Island entrepreneurs, farmers, and fishers who are younger than 30 years in order to assist them with business start-up (20)

Economy & Employment

  • Raise the minimum wage in consistent increments to $15 per hour by 2023 (1)
  • Review the practice of giving big loans to private companies unless there is a solid and defensible business case to do so, instead prioritizing smaller loans to small businesses (1)
  • Create a $2 million small business microloan fund and provide business support programs for those accessing it (1)
  • Provide operational resources, ministerial support, and long-term funding for key community organizations across the province (1)
  • Relaunch the Charlottetown Area Development Corporation and Summerside Regional Development Corporation with an independent board that would focus on affordable housing, major infrastructure projects, and green space management (1)

Economy & Employment

  • Raise minimum wage to $15 per hour immediately and to $17 per hour by 2023. Minimum wage will then be indexed to inflation (2)

Education

  • Expand vocational training in high schools and build vocational training facilities and labs in all Island high schools over four years (3)
  • Produce a new school food program under a "pay-what-you-want" model to provide access to healthy lunches with locally sourced food (3)
  • Invest $125 million in school infrastructure renewal (3)
  • Invest $2.5 million in technology for the professional development of educators (3)

Education

  • Hire 110 front-line education staff over four years (20)
  • Reinstate elected school boards (20)
  • Establish a provincial school lunch program with locally sourced food for all Island children (20)
  • Expand vocational programming in high schools (20)
  • Introduce a learn-to-swim program for grade 3 students (20)

Education

  • Phase in a pay-as-you-can universal school food program that provides local food (1)
  • Increase early childhood educators' wages without raising childcare prices by increasing grants to designated centres (1)
  • Eliminate provincial standardized testing and transition to universal progress monitoring, retaining PISA and PCAP (1)
  • Provide enhanced services in career education and planning to high school students, including information on community college, trades options, and entrepreneurship (1)
  • Review grant and loan programs to provide incentives for students to pursue training in high-demand skills (1)
  • Provide debt forgiveness for graduates with high-demand qualifications to incentivize them stay in PEI, and provide immigration support to international students who wish to stay in PEI after graduation (1)

Education

  • Implement elected School Boards with elections at the same time as municipal (19)
  • Increase wages for early childhood educators by $7 per hour (19)
  • Start the construction of a new school in the Evangeline Region (19)
  • Develop an up-to-date staffing and funding system, include a weighting technique which compensates for lower enrolment in setting staff numbers for a small-but-important school (19)
  • Eliminate the PEI-pieces of testing, in favour of the national/international assessments (such as PISA) (19)
  • Test a universal school breakfast program, beginning with the elementary grades at every school (19)

Environment & Parks

  • Ban single-use plastics and other forms of disposable packaging (3)
  • Invest $8 million over four years on a shoreline protection initiative (3)
  • Accelerate the development of wind farms in West Prince and Eastern Kings, and build new transmission infrastructure link to the regional electricity grid (3)
  • Support on-farm carbon reduction measures – including organic soil management and use of lower-nitrate fertilizers (3)
  • Expand roadside litter programs (3)
  • Invest in public electric vehicle charging stations and provide tax rebates for the purchase and installation of home charging stations (3)

Environment & Parks

  • Implement the Water Act to address irrigation holding pond issues, and make information about them available online. Extend the ban on high capacity irrigation wells (7)
  • Implement a reforestation plan that would plant one million trees each year in environmentally-sensitive areas for the next four years (20)
  • Develop a solar energy rebate and electric vehicle incentive program (20)
  • Add more electric vehicles to the government fleet as replacements are required (20)

Environment & Parks

  • Create a carbon pricing framework to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (1)
  • Return carbon tax revenues directly through an unconditional payment (1)
  • Create a low interest loan program to encourage small-scale solar energy installations on buildings (1)
  • Develop a program to support the installation of electric vehicle chargers in homes and workplaces (1)
  • Create a purchase incentive for electric vehicles (1)
  • Transition the provincial fleet to electric vehicles (1)

Environment & Parks

  • Implement the Water Act to address irrigation holding pond issues, and make information about them available online (7)
  • Make all new government purchases of passenger vehicles electric (5)
  • Use carbon tax revenue to invest in new technologies to address climate change (7)
  • 100% conversion to non-toxic renewable energy generation within 15 years (19)
  • Develop a progressive rebate system to compensate low-income people for the extra costs they incur from carbon-pricing (19)
  • Modernize building codes to keep up with developing technology (19)

First Nations

  • No information found

First Nations

  • Expand the Department of Education’s Art Bank program to include more acquisitions from Mi’kmaq and Acadian artists (20)

First Nations

  • Work with Indigenous communities to improve their capacity to provide programs and services (1)
  • Build on the Framework Agreement and work collaboratively to resolve issues of importance in Crown-Indigenous relations (1)
  • Implement the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (1)
  • Mandate training programs within the provincial civil service to enhance understanding of Indigenous history and culture (1)

First Nations

  • No information found

Food & Agriculture

  • Produce a new school food program under a "pay-what-you-want" model for parents to provide access to healthy lunches with locally sourced food for Island children (3)
  • Expand worker recruitment and retention initiatives such as Team Seafood and PEI Farm Team to increase access to agricultural/aquacultural labour (3)
  • Establish a Food Island Export Program to help harvesters and processors expand their markets (3)
  • Invest in new aquaculture technology (3)
  • Revise and expand crop insurance programs so that growers have the support to mitigate risks of bad growing seasons (3)
  • Provide $1 million in crop insurance to incentivize farmers who implement practices to improve soil health (3)

Food & Agriculture

  • Put $1 million toward a land bank that would buy land from retiring farmers and lease it to young farmers (12)
  • Expand marked fuel program so that marked fuel may be used in all farm vehicles (12,15)
  • Work with Island producers to ensure compliance with three-year crop rotation under the Agriculture Crop Rotation Act (20)
  • Separate the departments for agriculture and fisheries to provide each industry with better representation (20)
  • Increase use of locally-grown food in public institutions like schools, hospitals, and manors (20)

Food & Agriculture

  • Create a landbank to make land available to new farmers (1)
  • Determine customized recommendations for buffer zone width via LIDAR mapping and drones (1)
  • Review the Agricultural Crop Rotation Act ensure the maintenance of soil health (1)
  • Implement regulations for Organic Certification on Prince Edward Island (1)
  • Maintain the moratorium on high capacity wells for agricultural purposes (1)
  • Review the Land Protections Act to ensure all land purchases comply (1)

Food & Agriculture

  • Remove loopholes in the Lands Protection Act (2)
  • Restrict acquisition of agricultural land to persons and corporations who actually reside there (2)
  • Establish a benchmark set of standards to gauge the soil-fertility quality of Island land, and annually publish a report on soil health (2)
  • Reform crop insurance program to mitigate against natural disasters (2)
  • Invest $100 million over 4 years to support the transition to sustainable agriculture (2)
  • Source local food for public institutions such as schools and hospitals (2)

Healthcare

  • Invest an additional $200 million in PEI healthcare over the next 5 years; $100 million dedicated to new capital and operating supports for mental health and addictions, and $50 million devoted to recruitment/training/retention of health care professionals (3)
  • Increase investments in nurses and nurse practitioners to expand primary care teams and produce a new collaborative medical practice in Queens County. Project expanding healthcare access to an additional 8000 Islanders (3)
  • Increase the capacity of walk-in clinics by 50% (3)
  • Increase the number of family doctors in rural areas via targeted compensation strategies (3)
  • Hire five new surgical specialists to provide quicker access to surgical procedures (3)
  • Use new software to improve scheduling efficiency of medical visits (3)

Healthcare

  • Build a new facility for Hillsborough Hospital (4)
  • Expand community-based cancer treatment in Kings County and West Prince (4)
  • Create a new $500 Wellness and Activity Tax Credit (4)
  • Make the shingles vaccine free for Islanders 60 years and older (12)
  • Recruit a fertility specialist to the province and provide more funding for IVF treatment (12)
  • Allow nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals to have a broader scope of practice (12)

Healthcare

  • Lobby for a national pharmacare program (1)
  • Universal basic dental care for all Islanders within 10 years (1)
  • Permit health professionals to work to the full scale of their practice (1)
  • Establish health care hubs in rural hospitals to enhance service integration (1)
  • Support the development of collaborative community health centres to ensure local access to primary health care (1)
  • Introduce comprehensive midwifery services with provision for home births when desired (1)

Healthcare

  • Recruit and guarantee new doctors, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals for rural PEI (2)
  • Reduce pressure on physicians by placing greater emphasis on other personnel — nurse practitioners, pharmacists, midwives, etc.(2)
  • Request an assessment of women’s health from the office of the Chief Health Officer (2)
  • Fully support midwifery by implementing the regulatory legislation to allow publicly-funded services to be integrated into the PEI health care system (2)
  • Stop the creep toward two-tiered health and wellness services (2)
  • Ensure that every Islander will have a family physician before 2023 (2)

Housing & Services

  • Reduce property taxes by 10% on the first $200000 of assessed residential value for every principle residence (3)
  • Provide support for the building of 1400 new affordable rental units (3)
  • Provide targeted funding support to non-profit groups that provide housing for at-risk populations (3)
  • Provide a new Affordable Accommodation Tax Credit of up to $300 per year to reduce the cost of all those who rent units below $1500 per month (3)
  • Produce an additional 100 long term care beds for Island seniors (3)
  • Invest an additional $750000 in home repairs and renovations to allow seniors to stay in their homes longer (3)

Housing & Services

  • Launch a PEI mobile rental voucher program (20)
  • Introduce an annual $1,000,000 fund to support community-based training and programming e.g., in schools, libraries, community centres, etc. (20)
  • Implement a means-tested property tax credit of 50% of their property tax bill (up to a limit of $1,000) for those 60 and over to help them stay in their own homes (20)
  • Double the maximum funding thresholds in: the PEI Home Renovation Program, from $6,000 up to $12,000; the PEI Home Renovation Program for Persons with Disabilities, from $8,000 to $16,000; the Seniors Home Repair Program, from $2,000 to $4,000; and the Seniors Safe at Home Program, from $5,000 to $10,000 (20)
  • Create 1,200 affordable rental units in the next five years (20)
  • Use vacant government land for affordable housing projects (20)

Housing & Services

  • Participate in new housing developments to increase the availability of affordable housing (1)
  • Implement provincial regulations on short term rentals such as Airbnbs to ensure the market is managed by implementing limits on the number of properties per owner, requiring commercial registration for non-owner occupied listings, and implementing an accommodation levy (1)
  • Review the Rental of Residential Property Act to ensure tenants and landlords are appropriately protected (1)
  • Establish a dedicated ministerial responsibility for housing (1)

Housing & Services

  • Implement publicly owned and operated housing that uses geared-to-income rental rates.(2)
  • Implement a housing bank to acquire and protect land and buildings which can be used for public housing (2)
  • Apply a room tax (as for hotels) on short-term rentals (e.g. Airbnb) (2)
  • Apply the provincial portion of HST (8 or 10% of charges) to short-term rentals (2)
  • Apply the commercial rate of tax to any operation (private home, small building) which gets used for short-term rental (2)
  • Produce a reformed immigrant-investor (PNP) program to allow newcomers to put their money into the equivalent of affordable-housing bonds (2)

Infrastructure & Transport

  • Invest "close to" $750 million in infrastructure modernization, directed at roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, communication systems, waste water infrastructure, and water supply (3)
  • Rollout a $74 million high-speed broadband initiative to all parts of PEI, leading to access to faster internet for close to 30000 Island homes and businesses (3)
  • Produce a population development initiative that will provide direct support to communities seeking to grow their resident base (3)
  • Produce a Community Growth Initiative that will provide $2 million per year on strategic development initiatives in local areas (3)
  • Start a Volunteer Enhancement program to help fund community organizations (3)
  • Build new wind farms in West Prince and Eastern PEI (3)

Infrastructure & Transport

  • Develop a public transit plan for the entire Island (20)

Infrastructure & Transport

  • Negotiate a new agreement on rural broadband that includes local service providers to improve quality and lower prices (1)

Infrastructure & Transport

  • Provide Island wide fibre broadband at national standards to the more than 80 communities which have been identified by Industry Canada as eligible for expansion (2)

Immigration

  • No information found

Immigration

  • No information found

Immigration

  • No information found

Immigration

  • Create a strategy to increase the number of refugee immigrants we welcome (2)
  • Create a pathway to permanent residency open to temporary foreign workers (2)
  • Develop an expansion of the family class to include eligibility for a wider range of relatives (2)
  • Eliminate nepotism in the PNP system (2)

Law & Justice

  • Increase administrative ability to garnish wages and revoke passports or driver's licenses for those who neglect child support payments (3)

Law & Justice

  • No information found

Law & Justice

  • Set up an independent commission to explore the possibility of separating the role of the Justice Minister and the Attorney General (1)
  • Work with other parties to make the legislature and legislative committees more inclusive, collaborative, and effective (1)

Law & Justice

  • No information found

Miscellaneous

    Miscellaneous

    • Allow the sale of a limited amount of beer and wine in corner stores if 25% of the store's inventory consists of local products (12,20)
    • Provide double-sided civic address signs (that don’t run parallel to the road) to increase visibility and reduce response times for first responders (20)

    Miscellaneous

    • Create an initiative to encourage civil servants to offer non-designated services in French (1)

    Miscellaneous

      Natural Resources

      • New wind farms in West Prince and Eastern PEI that will add clean and renewable energy sources for Islanders (3)
      • Modern and updated water and wastewater facilities for Island communities (3)
      • Invest $1 million in new reforestation to assist in carbon sequestration (3)

      Natural Resources

      • No information found

      Natural Resources

      • Expand reforestation and forestry management programs (1)

      Natural Resources

      • Fully review legislation on land use and governing arrangements in unincorporated areas (2)
      • Concerning amalgamation: fully engage residents in determining the pros and cons of municipal restructuring for their particular circumstances (2)

      Politics & Democracy

      • The introduction of whistleblower protection legislation – so that all public servants are confident that they can raise legitimate concerns (3)
      • Lobbyist legislation – which will help to allow the public to monitor the relationship between the public and private sectors (3)
      • New funding has been provided to the Auditor General – so that office can enhance its oversight of government decision-making (3)
      • Campaign finance reform means that donations to political parties are limited – and contributions from corporations and unions are no longer permitted (3)
      • New rules surrounding accountability of government’s senior management (3)
      • New measures to ensure more rapid and detailed reporting of financial performance by all government departments and Crown Corporations (3)

      Politics & Democracy

      • Separate the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and create a Ministry of Fisheries (12)
      • Establish an annual sitting calendar, similar to that used by the House of Commons (12)
      • Create independent ombudsperson and child advocate offices (18)
      • Create a full-time, arms-length Ethics Commissioner who reports directly to the Legislature and has the authority to address conflicts of interest, ethics, and lobbying issues (20)
      • Ban partisan government advertising (18)
      • Provide more resources for independent legislative offices, such as the auditor general and the information and privacy commissioner (18)

      Politics & Democracy

      • Replace the current Department of Rural and Regional Development with a rural secretariat that will promote and manage rural issues across all government departments (1)
      • Establish an independent citizens’ assembly on governance in unincorporated areas (1)
      • Amend the Municipal Government Act to require a plebiscite in any unincorporated area prior to annexation (1)
      • Honour the results of the current referendum vote on electoral reform (1)
      • Lower the provincial voting age to 16 (1)
      • Establish an independent Ombudsperson Office... to investigate individual complaints about how government provides programs and services (1)

      Politics & Democracy

      • No information found

      Post-Secondary Education

      • Will provide an education and training bonus for individuals pursuing training or retraining in key trades (3)
      • A new $1,000 Red Seal Entrance Scholarship will be provided to anyone entering an apprenticeship program (3)
      • Proposing to increase the George Coles Bursary to $2,700 per year (3)

      Post-Secondary Education

      • Fund an open textbook project for Island post-secondary institutions (20)

      Post-Secondary Education

      • Work with other provinces on open educational resources for postsecondary students to make textbooks more affordable (1)
      • Provide debt forgiveness for graduates with high-demand qualifications to stay on PEI (1)

      Post-Secondary Education

      • Free post-secondary tuition for Island students for their first degree or diploma (19)
      • Open a medical faculty at UPEI (2)
      • Increase the George Coles Bursary to $3,000 (20)

      Social Services

      • Cut the cost of generic medication by half and eliminate the dispensing fee for low-income seniors (3)
      • Expand home care coverage to 7 days a week by investing $300,000 in home care–nursing positions (3)
      • Provide family caregivers with a benefit of up to $500 per month. The estimated cost of this initiative is $1.2 million (3)
      • Continue the poverty reduction strategy introduced in 2018, investing more than $50 million over five years (3,13,14)
      • Introduce a $2 million Community Grants and Poverty Action Fund to non-profits supporting Islanders in need (3)
      • Commit $250,000 to ensure that survivors of sexual violence have access to legal advice (3)

      Social Services

      • Increase the base amount of the low-income tax reduction program from $17,000 to $20,000 (4)
      • Establish a $1 million fund to support non-profits providing community-based programs (12)

      Social Services

      • Increase affordable housing options and home care support programs for seniors and people with disabilities (1)
      • Provide free transit passes to those using social support services and explore subsidizing passes for seniors across the province (1)
      • Commission a basic income pilot program (1)
      • Review all social, family, and disability services, with the goal of cutting unnecessary regulations (1)
      • Increase the housing subsidy rate, food rate, and personal allowance rate for those receiving social assistance (1)
      • Support a secure-income program for Islanders with long-term disabilities that cannot enter the workforce (1)

      Social Services

      • Ensure social assistance rates for food, housing and other household needs match the actual cost of living (2)
      • Start a 5-year basic income pilot project to evaluate the effectiveness of a guaranteed annual income (2)
      • Propose a pension plan that focuses on unattached seniors and single parents (2)

      Taxes

      • Increase basic income tax and spousal exemptions by 20% (6)
      • Introduce a new seniors exemption of $250 (6)
      • Increase the exemption threshold to $17,000 from $15,000 (6)
      • Raise the basic personal amount to $10,000 by 2020 (3)
      • Reduce tax revenues by more than $19 million (7)
      • Invest $16.5 million into rental rebates and property tax savings (7)

      Taxes

      • Raise the Basic Personal Tax Exemption to $12,000 and tie future increases to the Consumer Price Index (4)
      • Increase the base amount of the low-income tax reduction program from $17,000 to $20,000. Returning an average annual savings of $150 (4)
      • Lower the Small Business Tax Rate to 1% by January 2020 (4)
      • Introduce a $500 Wellness and Activity Tax Credit (9)
      • End government tax on community fundraisers like Chase the Ace (20)
      • Reinstate a provincial tax exemption on firefighting equipment, increase the firefighter tax credit from $500 to $1000, and provide free second vehicle registration for firefighters (20)

      Taxes

      • Implement a small business tax reduction (1)
      • Ensure that marked fuels remain tax exempt in agriculture and fisheries (1)

      Taxes

      • Introduce a hotel tax on short-term rentals, such as AirBnBs (11)
      • Apply the provincial portion of HST to short-term rentals (11)
      • Apply the commercial tax rate to short term rentals (11)