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Living Wage Saskatoon launch Oct 28

The Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership is holding a launch event for for Living Wage Saskatoon
Oct 28th 2015, 9:30-11:00am
Le Relais (308 4th Ave N Saskatoon)
For more information see
“Business Case for Living Wage in Saskatoon” report
Twitter @livingwageYXE #LivingWageYXE
Colleen Christopherson-Cote, Community Partnerships Facilitator
Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership (SPRP)
rm 880 122 3rd Ave N Saskatoon, SK S7K2H6



Canada Poverty Audit

This Audit was prepared for the recent election, and continues to be a useful resource.

Academics  Stand  Against  Poverty  (ASAP) is a  group  of  academics and  students  who work  to  synthesize  and
distribute  expertise  about  poverty reduction  or eradication,  with  a  view  to  increasing  the  impact  of  expertise  on
policy  makers  and  the public.  The  word  “audit”  is  used  for  its  consistency  with  neutrality. The goal  is a  nonpartisan analysis of party platforms  in  different  areas, for  their  potential  impact  on  lessening  poverty.
Canada Poverty Audit

Moose Jaw Forum Nov. 6, 2015

The Moose Jaw South Central Regional Intersectoral Committee is holding a

Forum on Poverty Reduction, Friday November 6, 2015.

 The Forum invites people to share their voices in exploring how to best implement the provincial recommendations in our local organizations and communities.

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wood Acres Retreat Centre

690 – 7th Ave SE, Moose Jaw, SK

Doors open at 8:30 am 

Lunch Provided | Everyone Welcome

Tickets: $5.00 at the door

Please pre-register so that organizers can estimate the required number of lunches. Thanks!

Federal and Provincial Leadership Needed to Address Poverty

 PFS media release, October 15, 2015. PFS press release – Oct 15, 2015 – final


Government announces poverty reduction strategy committee

Today Saskatchewan Social Services announced the formation of a committee to develop its poverty reduction strategy.

See the media release

PFS outlines need for comprehensive strategy

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.

Poverty Costs campaign calls for poverty reduction strategy

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


Poverty reduction strategy sought

By Betty Ann Adam, The StarPhoenix

March 11, 2014




A Living Wage for Regina

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 .

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
CCPA Saskatchewan
G-2835 13th Avenue
Regina, SK
S4T 1N6
(306) 924 3372

Defending Social Programs for a Stronger Canada

Defending Social Programs for a Stronger Canada

OTTAWA, March 27, 2013 – The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) today launched to draw attention to the Canadian Social Transfer and its potential to address Canada’s growing income inequality gap with accountable investments in the social determinants of health.

The Canadian Social Transfer is the primary source of federal funding in Canada that supports provincial and territorial social programs. At present, the Canadian Social Transfer is largely an unconditional transfer which has no agreed Principles of Accountability to ensure equity of social programs across Canada.

“Since 2006, the respective provincial and territorial Ministers Responsible for Social Services have not met with their federal counterparts to share best practices and develop national strategies for investments in the social determinants of health” notes CASW President, Morel Caissie.

“It’s now time to put Canadians first and bring all parties involved in financing and delivering social programs together with renewed our commitment to human rights as enshrined in our Constitution.”

CASW is seriously concerned at the pace in which the Government of Canada is reshaping national social programs and services as well as with the unilateral renewal of the Canadian Social Transfer at 3% with no dialogue on accountability or impact.

“With the rules governing Canada’s equalization program and affordable housing agreements set to expire in 2014, the provincial, territorial and federal governments must seize the opportunity to proactively address the growing income inequity gap in Canada” notes CASW President, Morel Caissie.

CASW urges all Canadians to visit to send a message to your elected leaders to reinstate Principles of Accountability to the Canada Social Transfer and to work towards a national plan to address all social determinants of health for a stronger Canada.


Canadian Association of Social Workers was founded in 1926 and has evolved into a national non-profit social work organization that promotes the profession of social work in Canada and advances social justice.

For further information:

Fred Phelps, Executive Director,  Canadian Association of Social Workers, Tel: 613-729-6668,  E-mail:  fred.phelps (at)

Adult education – essential in poverty reduction

This report was done by the British Columbia Teachers Federation. They are really emphasizing the issues of child poverty and its impacts on teaching and learning.

White, M. (2013). Adult education: An essential element in poverty reduction plan to improve economic opportunities for low-income individuals and families.

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