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Prince Ed­ward Is­land is com­mit­ting to new ini­tia­tives to get im­mi­grants to stay in Canada’s small­est prov­ince and boost the pop­u­la­tion. In the speech from the throne, the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment says in the com­ing year it will take steps to en­cour­age more im­mi­grants to stay, and for more young Islanders to pur­sue op­por­tu­ni­ties on P.E.I. The is­land’s pop­u­la­tion topped 152,000 this year, and the gov­ern­ment set a goal of reach­ing 160,000 by 2022. The speech in­cluded prom­ises of a new broadband In­ter­net sys­tem from one end of P.E.I. to the other, a car­bon mit­i­ga­tion strat­egy and a re­port on poverty re­duc­tion. It says a recre­ational cannabis plan will come in the spring, and gov­ern­ment will fund ser­vices such as light house­keep­ing or snow re­moval to help se­niors stay in their own homes longer.

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