Petition to stop CERB clawbacks – update

An on-line petition has been set up. Please sign it as well as the paper petition. If it gets lots of signatures it will put additional pressure on the government to reverse the CERB clawbacks. It is, however, not a replacement for the paper petition, which is the only one that will get read out in the Legislature. http://chng.it/PKZLP9JN

A petition submitted in the Saskatchewan Legislature has to be a paper petition, written in the correct format, and personally signed. (The federal government does allow online petitions to be submitted in Parliament).

The  petition calling for reversal of the CERB clawbacks was read in the Legislature on Wednesday, by NDP Social Services Critic Meara Conway. The petition readings start at 1:30 pm on the timer on the bottom of the screen and it is the second petition read (at about 1:31pm).   http://csg001-harm01.canadacentral.cloudapp.azure.com/00298/Harmony/en/PowerBrowser/PowerBrowserV2/20201209/-1/8715?viewmode=3

The petition was also covered in the Leader-Post, earlier in the week: Petition launched to reverse Sask.’s CERB clawback https://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/petition-launched-to-reverse-sask-s-cerb-clawback

Also, writing a letter or sending a personal email really shows strong interest to politicians.

Sask Poverty Dashboard – 1

A periodic report on poverty in Saskatchewan

New poverty line thresholds

In September, Statistics Canada revised the Official Poverty Line (OPL) for Canada, placing the threshold for a family of four in Regina at $44,833 annual income; for a person living alone it is one-half that, or $22,416.   Those living in households with annual incomes below these levels are in poverty.   The revised poverty thresholds are based on 2018 spending patterns and costs and differ by area of the province and household size.  For a family of four the threshold is approximately seven thousand dollars greater than before the revision, with increased shelter costs accounting for the largest part of the increase.

How many persons in Saskatchewan are in poverty?

The number of persons in poverty in Saskatchewan in 2018 was 122 thousand, over 25 per cent more than the 96 thousand reported before the revision.   This means that in 2018, 11.2 per cent of Saskatchewan residents had incomes below the revised OPL, instead of the 8.8 per cent reported earlier.   These data do not include information for the 50 thousand plus persons living on reserves in Saskatchewan, where incomes are especially low.

References

Data come from Statistics Canada.  Poverty thresholds are in Table 11-10-0066-01 at https://doi.org/10.25318/1110006601-eng and the number in poverty come from Table 11-10-0135-01 at https://doi.org/10.25318/1110013501-eng.

November 30, 2020

Downloadable PDF Sask Poverty Dashboard – 1