14 April 2020 – Enhanced employment and economic opportunities for Island students

Type of Intervention: Financial and Economic
Sectors Involved: Education
Intervention Categories: Finance policy and financial aid; Stimulus packages and financial support
Level of Jurisdiction: Prince Edward Island
Lead People/Agency: Agriculture and Land Minister Bloyce Thompson and Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Steven Myers

Overview: The Province of Prince Edward Island announced enhanced employment and economic opportunities for Island students impacted by COVID-19. The Province will support the creation of 1,000 new job placements for Island high school and post-secondary students through increases to current employment programs and partnerships with community and industry as long as the jobs can follow the health and safety recommendations of the Chief Public Health Office.
Full details here: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/news/province-announces-supports-for-post-secondary-students

Type of Justification: Interest in mitigating economic challenges of students
Evidence/Justification: “We know that Island post-secondary students have been negatively impacted as a result of this pandemic and the province is here to help. Whether they anticipated working over the summer to help pay the cost of their tuition and expenses or they were ready to embark on their first career after graduating, we have put supports in place to help. Every Islander is dealing with the unique challenges of COVID-19 and we need to be there to support those individual needs so that we can all get through this together.”

– Premier Dennis King