Definition of pogey in English:

pogey

noun

Canadian
informal
  • [mass noun] Unemployment or welfare benefit:

    ‘so you want me to end up on pogey?’
    • ‘Employee theft, depending on the culture of the workplace, private or public, could also seem as Canadian as easy pogey.’
    • ‘Aha, you're thinking: Here comes the justification for those massive subsidies that are sucking money out of the rest of Canada to keep Atlantic Canadians in seasonal work and on pogey.’

Origin

Late 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

pogey

/ˈpəʊɡi/