By Emma Graney, Leader-Post,
The article features opinions by Peter Gilmer from the Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry and Poverty Free Saskatchewan. The provincial budget was released yesterday, which revealed cuts to many programs due to reduced oil revenues. Eligibility changes were announced for the Saskatchewan Employment Supplement, Active Families Benefit and Seniors’ Drug Plan (meaning that fewer residents will qualify for these programs) and funding for child care subsidies, Transitional Employment Allowance, and rental housing supplements is being reduced. Concerns have been raised that these changes are going to make it more difficult for residents living in poverty. The provincial government announced that it would be working towards an antipoverty strategy late last year, but this budget “doesn’t move us in that direction at all” according to Gilmer.
As unemployment in the province rises, this article by the CBC notes that Aboriginal people are especially hit hard. This trend has implications for the income gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the SK.
Link to the article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/aboriginal-job-seekers-in-sask-feel-unemployment-crunch-1.2996070
Today Saskatchewan Social Services announced the formation of a committee to develop its poverty reduction strategy.
See the media release http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2014/december/22/eleven-help-reduce-poverty
PFS has outlined the need for a comprehensive plan when the government develops its poverty reduction strategy
See our media release of December 18, 2014.
A new report by the group, Poverty Costs, examines the current state of poverty in Saskatchewan and provides evidence for the need of a poverty reduction strategy.
To read the report and supplementary resources, please visit:
An exciting development in Saskatchewan – a new group adds to the calls for a poverty reduction strategy!
The following are some articles about the launch of the Poverty Costs campaign.
The Poverty Costs website
Poverty Costs website launches
Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
Published on March 09, 2014
Coalition launches campaign to reduce poverty in Saskatchewan
By Aaron Streck
Coalition launches campaign to reduce poverty in Saskatchewan
Poverty reduction strategy sought
By Betty Ann Adam, The StarPhoenix
March 11, 2014
A family of 4 with a children 4 and 7 years need $58,000 per year to live on. Minimum wage provides about $34,000. The graphics in the report tell the story. View entire report at .https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/living-wage-regina
Paul Gingrich, Simon Enoch, and Brian Banks worked on this document.
A Living Wage for Regina is $16.46/per hour.
While Saskatchewan’s economy has outperformed the rest of the country for the past few years, many underserved groups have not benefitted from the province’s economic expansion. The adoption of a Living Wage by Saskatchewan municipalities and employers would offer a chance to more equally share the benefits of a booming economy. The income security derived from the Living Wage benefits not only workers, but their families as well, improving health and child development outcomes. Moreover, the Living Wage can be a boon to local business, drastically reducing absenteeism and employee turnover, enhancing brand reputation and customer loyalty and providing privileged access to a new market of Living Wage employers. Lastly, the Living Wage can improve the health of our local economies by injecting much-needed income into the hands of low-income earners who will immediately turn around and purchase local goods and services.
We know that the costs to adopt the Living Wage are negligible and are far outweighed by the positive impacts on our families, business and communities. Adopting a Living Wage is one way we can restore a measure of fairness and dignity to our economic system. We hope that this initial report on the Living Wage for the City of Regina can spark a successful Living Wage movement throughout Saskatchewan.
View the full release here:
Simon Enoch, PhD
G-2835 13th Avenue
(306) 924 3372
Canada Without Poverty lists work being done in Canada to address poverty. Poverty Progress Profile Scroll down the page to see where Saskatchewan is listed. If you click on Saskatchewan there is a discussion of the Saskatchewan government’s document “From Dependence to Independence” and content related to the work of Poverty Free Saskatchewan.
The PFS report Communities Respond has received considerable media attention, showing the importance this issue has in the public eye.
Included in CBC TV 6:00 PM news.
CKOM – Saskatoon coverage. http://www.newstalk650.com/story/organization-calls-province-wide-strategy-poverty/79515
Lead story on Global News http://www.globalregina.com/
Regina Leader Post article – this article was on the Front page of the Leader Post today. http://www.leaderpost.com/Report+details+plan+tackle+poverty+Saskatchewan/7394120/story.html
The Communities Respond report was released by Poverty Free Saskatchewan today.
PFS Communities Respond – Highlights, Oct 15, 2012 final
PFS Communities Respond – Summary Report, Oct 15, 2012 final
Communities Respond documents the responses of participants in a series of public consultations held in 7 Saskatchewan locations in 2011 and 2012: North Battleford, Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon, Tisdale, Nipawin and Melfort.
More than 170 participants attending the regional discussions said that it is time to move ahead on addressing poverty. People from the communities emphasized that many Saskatchewan residents are suffering greatly from the effects of poverty and this is preventing them from fully participating in our province. Participants also identified many concrete positive actions that can be taken.
The Communities Respond report outlines the input received from the community discussions. These ideas will be used in future to develop an integrated and comprehensive poverty elimination plan. This plan will be built on the results of the community consultations, and a review of successful strategies in other provinces and in local Saskatchewan communities.
The document release is part of events in Saskatchewan and around the world honouring the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which occurs on Oct 17.