In reaction to Friday’s provincial budget, CUPE PEI notes the positive investments made in childcare, health and education — but says the roll out remains questionable.
Union President Leonard Crawford says he commends the initiative to invest in front-line workers, such as educational assistants, child care and health-care workers, and hopes it will mean tangible wage increases.
But Crawford says unfortunately Government is staying the course on funding private, rather than public, long-term care beds.
The UPEI Student Union says it’s pleased to see a number of key areas addressed in the provincial budget, saying it shows significant investments in post-secondary education in PEI.
Some of the Student Union’s policy priorities that have been addressed in the budget include Needs-based grants for students from lower-income families;
$25 per student to support mental health resources for post-secondary institutions; and a commitment to a multi-year funding agreement with UPEI.