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PEI government sets population target of 150,000 by end of 2017

The island province’s total population would increase by more than 3,500 people


 

CHARLOTTETOWN — The government of Prince Edward Island says it wants to increase the population of Canada’s smallest province to 150,000 by as early as the end of 2017.

The overall target that would see the province’s population increase by more than 3,500 people was set out today in the government’s throne speech read by Lt.-Gov. Frank Lewis.

Faced with too many young people leaving the province in search of work, the government says it will put in place a long-term strategy to repatriate, recruit and retain a skilled workforce over the next year.

The government says it plans new marketing initiatives to entice Islanders to return home and it will launch a new website to match job seekers with local employers.

A pilot project will also look to connect more than 900 post-secondary international students with Island employers.

To help prepare students for technological change in the workplace the government says it will introduce a new pilot project that provides instruction on coding in Island schools.


 

PEI government sets population target of 150,000 by end of 2017

  1. “To help prepare students for technological change in the workplace the government says it will introduce a new pilot project that provides instruction on coding in Island schools.”

    Sigh. The people who not only find coding interesting/challenging/enjoyable but also have an actual aptitude for it are few and far between. If PEI is thinking that this project will create a veritable army of coders ready to take on the challenges of a technology-driven 21st century, then I suspect it will be greatly disappointed. At most, it is likely to help those very few kids who would not otherwise be exposed to coding, but who do have an aptitude and an as yet undiscovered interest in it. All others exposed to the program will likely already have been happily coding away, or will quickly forget nearly everything about it they’re taught.

  2. How is a place with less than 150,000 people a ‘province’? Anywhere else, that would be a large town/small city. They have 27 MLAs; 4 MPs and 4 Senators plus a plethora of municipal/county elected officials. An MLA represents about 5,400 constituents.
    How much of the equalization payments they receive goes to pay for politicians, their offices and other expenses? The Maritime provinces should be merged into one.

    • Obligatory Senate whinge from BC: PEI has a population of 150,000 and 4 Senators. BC has a population of 4,700,000 and 6 Senators. What’s wrong with this picture?

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