P.E.I. increasing allowances for some social assistance programs

CBC News

P.E.I.’s Department of Social Development and Housing is improving the allowances given through some of its social assistance programs starting Friday.

Minister Brad Trivers said the pregnancy food allowance rate will be going up, as well as optical rates.

“Prior to these increases, for eye examinations the amount available was around $51, and now it’s up to $114. So pretty significant,” Trivers said.

The department said the changes to shelter support were made as a response to challenges in the rental market, and the desire of many Islanders to be supported directly by their families.

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