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Robin Croucher

Affordability

Childcare

PC's promises

Create a $20M fund to provide grants to Early Learning Centres to expand
Build childcare centres in all new public buildings, until wait lists are eliminated
Designate six more early learning centres this year
Create a Pension Plan for Early Childhood Educators this year
Start a national recruitment campaign for Early Childhood Educators to live and work in PEI
Give grants to private developers who build childcare centres into multi-unit buildings in under-served regions

Dental care and optometry

PC's promise

Provide insurance for health, dental, and medications for part-time, seasonal, contract, and gig workers

"Create a Portable Health Benefits Program to provide health, dental, and medication insurance for workers who may not be employed full-time, year-round, or those facing barriers to insurance coverage like seasonal workers, contract employees, and gig economy workers." — peipc.ca, 2023-03-10

Fuel and transportation costs

PC's promise

Work with the federal government to reduce bridge and ferry tolls to $20

Prescription drugs & pharmacare

PC's promise

Provide insurance for health, dental, and medications for part-time, seasonal, contract, and gig workers

"Create a Portable Health Benefits Program to provide health, dental, and medication insurance for workers who may not be employed full-time, year-round, or those facing barriers to insurance coverage like seasonal workers, contract employees, and gig economy workers." — peipc.ca, 2023-03-10

Public transit

PC's promises

Invest in an Island-wide transit system
Keep fares at $2/trip
Add more routes

"Continue to make investments in the Island-wide transit system, keeping fares at $2 per trip and adding more routes, to make it more affordable to get to and from work." — peipc.ca, 2023-03-17

Rebates and tax exemptions

PC's promises

Roll back property taxes to 2020 rates
Provide a $500 tax credit for volunteers with registered charities and non-profits
Increase the Seniors Tax Credit to $6,510, and raise the threshold to $36K
Increase the Basic Personal Exemption Amount to $15K over the next 4 years
Reevaluate the provincial income tax brackets

"In addition to raising the basic personal exemption amount to $15,000 over four years, we will also re-evaluate the provincial income tax bracket model to be more competitive and leave more money in the pockets of Islanders, especially low-income Islanders." — peipc.ca, 2023-03-17

Climate Change & the Environment

Climate adaptation

PC's promises

Expand the Free Heat Pump programme to include homes with up to $100K income

Green retrofits

PC's promise

Use more solar energy at schools

Green tech

PC's promises

Create a $50M programme to invest in green technology in PEI

"Launch a $50 Million dollar Cleantech Energy Program to kick-start the clean tech sector on Prince Edward Island and support the Clean Tech Academy in Georgetown" — peipc.ca, 2023-03-17

Support the Clean Tech Academy in Georgetown

Public transit

PC's promises

Invest in an Island-wide transit system
Keep fares at $2/trip
Add more routes

"Continue to make investments in the Island-wide transit system, keeping fares at $2 per trip and adding more routes, to make it more affordable to get to and from work." — peipc.ca, 2023-03-17

Education

Indigenous learning

PC's promises

Offer courses on local Indigenous history in the curriculum

K-12 funding

PC's promises

Add 100 new positions including teachers, educational assistance, youth service workers, counsellors, and mental health support workers

Learning needs

PC's promises

Provide a $500 tutor rebate

Post-secondary costs and tuition

PC's promises

Increase the George Coles Bursary to $3,500/year, and expand it to include some off-Island studies and healthcare

"Increase the George Coles Bursary to $3,500 per year for post-secondary students and expand the program to students studying off Island in programs not offered in PEI and to students in health care training programs such as LPNs, RNs, etc." — peipc.ca, 2023-03-20

Make on-Island tuition free for RCWs, LPNs, and Paramedics who serve in PEI for two years, and provide bursaries for LPNs, RNs, and Paramedics who study off-Island
Continue to fund open educational resources, so as to reduce post-secondary costs

School construction and upgrades

PC's promises

Create a $25M fund over three years for school infrastructure

"Create a School Infrastructure Revitalization Fund investing $25 Million Dollars over the next three years to ensure our schools are safe, modernized teaching and learning environments" — peipc.ca, 2023-03-20

Add Automated External Defibrillators to all schools
Expand and renovate Queen Charlotte Junior High School
Use more solar energy at schools
Add plans for a junior high school for the Stratford Campus
Create outdoor learning spaces

"Establish outdoor learning spaces to stimulate new educational opportunities and a greater appreciation for our environment" — peipc.ca, 2023-03-20

Student mental health

PC's promises

Run a pilot programme to hire School Resource Officers

Health & Healthcare

Ambulance and emergency wait-times

PC's promises

Hire more physician assistants and nurse practitioners to provide Emergency Room care
Make virtual care apps like Maple free
Set up a task force to create a plan for reducing delays when offloading patients from ambulances
Hire more care providers and patient advocates to provide waiting room support
Provide up to $20k more funding to fire departments offering Medical First Responder services
Add four full-time ambulances
Provide free tuition for primary and advanced care paramedics who serve in PEI for two years
Offer recruitment incentives for some paramedic positions
Provide funding to organisations providing non-urgent patient transfers

"Providing funding to organizations such as Pat and the Elephant, Transportation West, and others to do the non-urgent transfer of medically stable patient transfers on PEI. This funding would include covering transportation costs as well as providing funding for the necessary equipment and vehicles to provide patient transfers" — peipc.ca, 2023-03-07

Chronic pain

PC's promises

Develop a Chronic Pain Management Strategy and set up a clinic

Dental care and optometry

PC's promise

Provide insurance for health, dental, and medications for part-time, seasonal, contract, and gig workers

"Create a Portable Health Benefits Program to provide health, dental, and medication insurance for workers who may not be employed full-time, year-round, or those facing barriers to insurance coverage like seasonal workers, contract employees, and gig economy workers." — peipc.ca, 2023-03-10

Prescription drugs & pharmacare

PC's promise

Provide insurance for health, dental, and medications for part-time, seasonal, contract, and gig workers

"Create a Portable Health Benefits Program to provide health, dental, and medication insurance for workers who may not be employed full-time, year-round, or those facing barriers to insurance coverage like seasonal workers, contract employees, and gig economy workers." — peipc.ca, 2023-03-10

Primary care

PC's promises

Add 16 more Patient Medical Homes by the end of 2024
Make virtual care apps like Maple free
Add 100 new full-time positions supporting medical homes
Create Mobile Primary Care Clinics
Launch walk-in clinics led by nurse practitioners
Attach all patients on the Patient Registry to a Medical Home within the next 2 years
Expand the Charlottetown and Summerside Primary Care Access Clinics, and open new ones in West Prince and Kings County
Allow people to access telehealth services at libraries and Access PEI locations
Expand online tools like Skip the Waiting Room for booking appointments
Implement a programme to connect family physicians directly with specialists, instead of having physicians make unnecessary referrals

"Implement a Virtual Hallway program to connect family physicians with specialists for consults to avoid unnecessary referrals to specialists." — peipc.ca, 2023-03-10

Senior at-home care

PC's promises

Provide $500/year rebates for home-based medical alert systems
Increase the Seniors Safe at Home programme to $15,000
Provide seniors living at-home with social and health services

"Establishing a Care-in-Place program by working with home care, community care, and long-term care facilities to provide seniors living at home with enhanced social and health supports including telehealth services available from home, connecting residents with existing community services and programs, friendly check-in calls and in-person social visits, offering intergenerational programming with students, transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping and social outings, and opening recreational programs available at long-term care facilities to seniors living in their own homes." — peipc.ca, 2023-03-09

Add 50 new positions over 2 years to provide home care services and support for patients discharged from hospitals
Increase the Seniors Home Repair programme to $8,000
Provide a grant up to $1,500/mo to families of seniors remaining at-home

Seniors' health & services

PC's promises

Increase the Seniors Hearing Aid Rebate to cover up to $6,000

"Doubling the Seniors Hearing Aid Rebate program to a maximum coverage of up to $6,000 instead of a maximum of $3,000 per individual" — peipc.ca, 2023-03-10

Increase the Seniors Tax Credit to $6,510, and raise the threshold to $36K

Staffing shortages

PC's promises

Make on-Island tuition free for RCWs, LPNs, and Paramedics who serve in PEI for two years, and provide bursaries for LPNs, RNs, and Paramedics who study off-Island
Start an Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Provide free licenses for returning healthcare workers who want to do casual or part-time work
Guarantee that students studying in healthcare will get full-time positions the day after they graduate
Legislate recognition of domestic and foreign RCW, LPN, and RN credentials
Allow foreign-trained physicians to practice under a new Associate Physician license, while being supervised by fully-licensed physicians

"Launch an Associate Physician license to allow foreign-trained physicians expedited licensing to practice to a defined scope under the supervision of other fully licensed physicians" — peipc.ca, 2023-03-09

Work with post-secondary institutions to help retrain RCWs as LPNs and LPNs as RNs, while keeping them at work
Create a programme in high schools to help students transition into health-based careers

"Develop a Healthcare Career Pathway Pilot in high schools allowing students to more easily transition from high school to health-based careers." — peipc.ca, 2023-03-20

Housing & Homelessness

Affordable housing

PC's promise

Support and finance establishment of new co-op housing complexes

"Provide support, mentorship, and financing to establish new co-operative housing complexes across the province by working with communities, non-profits, and regional development corporations so tenants have authority and input into the operation of their buildings" — peipc.ca, 2023-03-15

Home construction and supply

PC's promises

Provide a $25M fund to municipalities and regional development corporations to develop lots for Islanders to purchase and make modular builds on

"Provide $25 Million Infrastructure Fund to municipalities and regional development corporations to work with communities outside the capital area to develop construction-ready lots for Islanders to purchase and use for modular builds" — peipc.ca, 2023-03-15

Provide instant building permits during appointments for some types of building permits

"Introduce Instant Building Permits where permits can be instantly issued during an appointment with a multi-disciplinary team for straight-forward, routine building permits" — peipc.ca, 2023-03-15

Reduce building permit wait time to a maximum of 30 days by year's-end
Increase the Housing Challenge Fund by $50M to provide 2% financing for quick-start housing projects which add at least 250 units

"Increase the Housing Challenge Fund by $50 Million Dollars providing developers with 2% financing for quick-start housing projects which will add at least another 250 units to the housing inventory." — peipc.ca, 2023-03-15

Expand in-school vocational training opportunities in the trades

"Expand vocational training opportunities in our education system to expose students to career options earlier and provide pathways for mentorship and training for young Islanders to express an interest in the construction industry." — peipc.ca, 2023-03-15

Fund expanded training programmes for the construction industry

"Provide funding to expand training programs such as the ‘Discover Carpentry’ program to expose more Islanders to the construction industry and provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge to be employable in the industry" — peipc.ca, 2023-03-15

Invest $500K over two years in international recruitment for PEI's construction workforce

"Working with the Office of Immigration, the Construction Association of PEI, and local contractors, invest $500,000 over the next two years to build on the Trades Canada program to recruit new workers to join the construction workforce on Prince Edward Island through international recruitment missions" — peipc.ca, 2023-03-15

Home purchases

PC's promises

Create a programme to provide first-time home buyers with up to $2,500 for closing costs
Launch a rent-to-own programme offering opportunities to purchase a home after renting it for 24 months

Rental housing

PC's promises

Launch a rent-to-own programme offering opportunities to purchase a home after renting it for 24 months

Jobs

Gig and contract workers

PC's promise

Provide insurance for health, dental, and medications for part-time, seasonal, contract, and gig workers

"Create a Portable Health Benefits Program to provide health, dental, and medication insurance for workers who may not be employed full-time, year-round, or those facing barriers to insurance coverage like seasonal workers, contract employees, and gig economy workers." — peipc.ca, 2023-03-10

Trades

PC's promises

Expand in-school vocational training opportunities in the trades

"Expand vocational training opportunities in our education system to expose students to career options earlier and provide pathways for mentorship and training for young Islanders to express an interest in the construction industry." — peipc.ca, 2023-03-15

Fund expanded training programmes for the construction industry

"Provide funding to expand training programs such as the ‘Discover Carpentry’ program to expose more Islanders to the construction industry and provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge to be employable in the industry" — peipc.ca, 2023-03-15

Training

PC's promises

Create a $10M fund to create mentorship and training opportunities

"$10 Million Dollar Upskilling and Re-Skilling Fund to work with employers to create unique opportunities to get more people into the workforce through mentorship and training opportunities by working with sector champions" — peipc.ca, 2023-03-17

Fund industry groups to develop online training platforms

"Fund sector and industry groups to develop online training platforms for professional development, upskilling, and to allow for quicker onboarding of new graduates and employees into critical roles" — peipc.ca, 2023-03-17

Workplace accessibility

PC's promise

Create a $2M fund to retrofit workplaces for accessibility

"Establish a $2 Millon Dollar Adaptation Fund for employees to retrofit workplaces to make them more accessible for those who have physical disabilities to participate either remotely or in person" — peipc.ca, 2023-03-17

Misc. topics

Legal aid and information

PC's promises

Provide $500K for Community Legal Information, which helps residents understand the law and justice system

"Provide $500,000 in funding for Community Legal Information to continue their work on intimate partner violence, workplace sexual harassment, and cyberbullying" — peipc.ca, 2023-03-16

Establish a Community Legal Aid Service

"Establish a Community Legal Aid Service to increase access to justice including legal representation which is not currently provided by existing legal aid programs" — peipc.ca, 2023-03-16

Libraries

PC's promises

Fund an expansion of the Imagination Library programme

"Provide the necessary funding to expand the Imagination Library program so that more young Islanders receive books in the mail each month." — peipc.ca, 2023-03-20

Local government

PC's promises

Create a new funding formula for local governments

"Build a stronger, more equitable funding formula for all communities - large and small, rural and urban" — peipc.ca, 2023-03-16

Introduce more programmes for municipalities to share services

"Introduce additional shared services programs for municipalities so that communities can remain independent and autonomous while working together in providing high-quality, timely services to residents" — peipc.ca, 2023-03-16

Create a $25M Community Infrastructure Program for retrofitting and upgrading community facilities

"Establishing a $25 Million dollar Community Infrastructure Program to assist communities in retrofitting and upgrading key community facilities such as arenas, and community centres" — peipc.ca, 2023-03-16

Policing

PC's promise

Expand the Atlantic Police Academy in Summerside, including expanding training in mental health, addictions, and working with marginalised communities

"Invest in provincial policing resources by investing in an expansion of the Atlantic Police Academy in Summerside so more Islanders can train, live and work in their home communities. This would include an expansion of specialized training in mental health, addictions, and working with marginalized communities" — peipc.ca, 2023-03-16

Provincial parks

PC's promise

Invest $10M in provincial parks

"Invest $10 Million dollars in Provincial Parks across the province to modernize and enhance the programs and services they bring to rural communities." — peipc.ca, 2023-03-16



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Robin’s life has been deeply influenced by the people of Souris-Elmira. He grew up in Souris and attended Souris Regional High School and later, Holland College in Charlottetown.

Robin is a business owner, as well as a paramedic, working and assisting with the health needs in his community.

As a long-time volunteer firefighter with the Souris Fire Department, Robin has braved snow storms and natural disasters to do wellness checks and render care to snowbound seniors. 

Robin brings to the table a deep connection to his community and a track record of service to the people of Souris-Elmira.

 



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