It appears work on a long-promised poverty reduction strategy for P.E.I. is only just beginning, despite the fact it has been promised since 2015 and despite assurances that work on a strategy was ongoing.

On Tuesday, Family and Human Services Minister Tina Mundy announced government is looking to get Islanders’ input on crafting a poverty reduction strategy.

A new advisory council will be struck to “engage with the public, community groups, not-for-profit and service organizations” and other stakeholders to come up with recommendations for short- and long-term actions, Mundy said Tuesday, adding that public consultations will be held in 2018 to help craft the strategy.

Mundy rejected the notion this announcement suggests work on the strategy is just getting started.