P.E.I.'s 2021-22 operating budget, by the numbers

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The province is investing in virtual health care. (TippaPatt/Shutterstock - image credit)
The province is investing in virtual health care. (TippaPatt/Shutterstock - image credit)

Here's a quick overview of the P.E.I. budget, along with a list of highlights.

The latest projection for the 2020-21 budget deficit is $120 million. The estimate for the coming year is $112 million. A three-year plan has it dropping to $45.7 million the following year and $27.9 million in 2023-24.

Many of the items in the budget were previously announced, but Islanders are seeing them costed out for the first time.

  • Shingles vaccines for seniors: $1.5 million.

  • Recruitment of nurses and nurse practitioners: $1.5 million.

  • Expanding virtual health care: $2.65 million.

  • Electric vehicle rebate program: $500,000.

Incentives will be available for new and used electric vehicles.
Incentives will be available for new and used electric vehicles.(Brandy Baker/The Associated Press)
  • Program supporting Islanders transitioning from carbon-based fuel sources: $5.6 million.

  • Rural transit pilot program: $250,000.

  • Summer food program for school-age children: $600,000.

P.E.I. children will be able to access the province's school food program in the summer.
P.E.I. children will be able to access the province's school food program in the summer.(Submitted by Steve Wilson)
  • Small business tax rate reduction: $2.8 million.

  • Tourism business grant program: $3 million.

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