24 March 2020 – Employee Gift Card Program for individuals facing economic hardships

Type of Intervention: Financial and Economic
Sectors Involved: Finance/Economy
Level of Jurisdiction: PEI
Lead People/Agency: Premier Dennis King

Overview: The Province has partnered with Sobeys Inc. to provide gift cards to Islanders who have been laid off as a direct result of the pandemic. The Employee Gift Card Program is a temporary program put in place to offer a $100 Sobeys gift card to any employee, living and working on Prince Edward Island, who has received a lay-off notice as a direct result of the impacts associated with COVID-19.

To be eligible, the employer must:
– have issued lay-off notice(s) to 1 or more employee(s) as a result of COVID-19, between the dates of March 13-31, 2020; and
– have affected employees with a salary of $25/hour or less.
Full details here: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/news/province-announces-additional-supports-for-individuals-and-families

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Advice of EXTERNAL group of non-academics (e.g. business or community leaders)