Poverty rates on P.E.I. are down over the last decade, but the picture is mixed.

The Canadian Income Survey from Statistics Canada, released at the end of February, reports on incomes up to 2017. The numbers for a small province such as P.E.I. can be difficult to interpret. They show spikes in 2013 and 2015 that could be significant or could be sampling errors.

Using five-year averages shows that despite those spikes, poverty levels were 0.5 percentage points lower from 2013-17 than from 2008-12.

2008-12: 12.9%.

2013-17: 12.4%.