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Dec 6 talk – “Poverty Reduction & the Current Sask Economic Climate”

JSGS Public Lecture ~ Poverty Reduction and the Current Saskatchewan Economic Climate – on December 6, 2016.
This event will be moderated by Dr. Daniel Béland, JSGS, and will feature a panel:
Chuk Plante, PhD Student, McGill University
Ali Abukar, Executive Director, Saskatoon Open Door Society
Caitlin Olauson, Centre for Integrative Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
Bill Mintram, Executive Director, Saskatoon Indian & Métis Friendship Centre
In 2015 the Government of Saskatchewan committed to, and developed, a poverty reduction strategy. Over the course of the past year, agencies and sectors that work in communities to reduce poverty have been patiently awaiting an implementation plan for the strategy. Now faced with the current economic downturn and looming provincial budget cuts, it is time to open a conversation about how critical it is to invest in poverty reduction in times of economic decline. This conversation will capture the historical background of poverty reduction strategies in Saskatchewan and across Canada, address the economic argument for investing in poverty reduction and provide 3 distinct sector perspectives to increase awareness of how important social investment is to our province.
December 06, 2016
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saskatoon: Prairie Room, Diefenbaker Centre, University of Saskatchewan
Regina (Video Conference): Room 210, 2 Research Drive, University of Regina
There is no cost to attend, but those interested in attending are encouraged to register as seating is limited.
Complete event details and online registration available here.
 
 

Large numbers of Sask children live in poverty

Child and Family Poverty in Saskatchewan
November 2016
by Paul Gingrich, Garson Hunter, Miguel Sanchez
http://campaign2000.ca/…/upl…/2016/11/SASKReportCard2016.pdf

Canada 2000 released national and provincial reports on November 24, 2016.

News Coverage

Global Regina news coverage “Child poverty rates in Saskatchewan higher than national average” http://globalnews.ca/news/3086534/child-poverty-rates-in-saskatchewan-higher-than-national-average/

CTV Regina newsclip http://www.ctvnews.ca/one-in-10-canadian-children-live-in-poverty-report-1.457428

Regina Leader Post article “1 in 4 Sask. children live in poverty: U of R report” http://leaderpost.com/news/saskatchewan/one-in-four-sask-children-live-in-poverty-u-of-r-report

CTV national coverage of the situation Canada-wide “1 in 10 children live in poverty” http://www.ctvnews.ca/one-in-10-canadian-children-live-in-poverty-report-1.457428

 

Changes not applying to current situations

The following Saskatchewan Government media release indicates that changes previously announced to Social Services will not apply to current clients in their current situations, but will apply to new clients, or existing clients whose situations change (e.g. they move or become 65 years old)

Province Announces Plans for Income Assistance Programs

Released on November 14, 2016
Changes proposed to Income Assistance programs will not be implemented as announced earlier this year, while the province proceeds to review and redesign its programs to better serve those in need.The 2,700 clients who received letters from Social Services this summer will not have their benefits impacted as a result of these policy changes until such time as their individual circumstances change (for example, they move).  The program changes will continue to apply to new program applicants or to existing clients whose circumstances change.“Our government has listened to the concerns of those who would have been affected by these changes, and we have decided against implementing them for existing clients,” Social Services Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor said.  “I know that this period of uncertainty has been difficult for people, and I thank them for their patience.“We are committed to ensuring that our programs serve those in greatest need, that they are effective, and that they are sustainable.  To that end, we will be focusing our efforts on reviewing and redesigning our Income Assistance programs to support those who need them most and help people participate in the economic and social life of our province.”

Social Services has begun the work of Income Assistance Redesign, following through on a commitment made in the Saskatchewan Poverty Reduction Strategy.  The Redesign will be based on four principles: Income Assistance is citizen-centred, simple, transparent and sustainable.

Income Assistance Redesign will not focus on the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program or on income supports for people over the age of 65.

Earlier this year, the province announced that a number of changes to its Income Assistance programs would take effect September 1 or October 1:

  • Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID): consider the Saskatchewan Rental Housing Supplement when calculating benefits for families and people with disabilities who receive extra or “excess” living income through SAID;
  • Saskatchewan Assistance Program (SAP) and SAID: end the grandfathering provision of excess shelter benefits under both programs in communities that previously had low vacancy rates;
  • SAP and SAID: end the practice of exempting Seniors’ Income Plan (SIP) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)  top-up benefits; and
  • Saskatchewan Employment Supplement (SES): end the practice of grandfathering benefits for families with children aged 13 and over.

Beginning September 1 or October 1, these changes have been applied to new program applicants or to existing clients whose circumstances changed in such a way that their benefits would be affected: for example, they moved or began to receive income support for people over 65.

The changes simplify the programs and contribute to their sustainability.

People who have questions about their benefits are encouraged to call their Income Assistance Worker or Assured Income Specialist, or to contact the Client Service Centre at 1-866-221-5200.

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For more information, contact:

Leya Moore
Social Services
Regina
Phone: 306-787-3610
Email: leya.moore@gov.sk.ca
Cell: 306-519-7835

Call for Basic Income Project

 A basic income pilot project is being called for by Senator Art Eggleton and the Ontario government included a proposal in its recent budget.
http://globalnews.ca/news/2543281/ontario-government-senator-calling-for-guaranteed-annual-income-pilot-project/

SK Govt’s Poverty Reduction Strategy

The provincial government’s report “Taking Action on Poverty: The Saskatchewan Poverty Reduction Strategy” was released on February 24, 2016.

http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2016/february/24/poverty-reduction-strategy

Poverty Reduction Summary – Backgrounder  ; Poverty Reduction Strategy Priority Area Actions Table  ; Full report Poverty Reduction Strategy PDF

Media coverage: CBC http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask-poverty-reduction-plan-released-1.3463141 ; CTV  http://regina.ctvnews.ca/saskatchewan-unveils-plan-to-reduce-poverty-including-more-housing-health-care-1.2791429 ;  Regina Leader-Post http://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/community-not-happy-with-provinces-poverty-reduction-strategy ; Global News interview with Blair Roberts, YMCA, Regina http://globalnews.ca/video/2542624/digging-deeper-sask-partys-poverty-reduction-strategy.

Previously

In August, 2015 the Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction released their report with recommendations for Saskatchewan’s poverty reduction strategy. http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2015/august/24/poverty-reduction-strategy Full report. Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction Report

Article discussing the report and Minister Harpauer’s response. http://www.thestarphoenix.com/business/Saskatchewan+group+aims+slash+poverty+half/11314275/story.html

PFS response to Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction Report AGPR Report PFS comments Oct 2015

Poverty reduction act proposed for BC

“New Democrats’ poverty reduction act would address B.C.’s child poverty”

http://bcndpcaucus.ca/news/new-democrats-poverty-reduction-act-would-address-b-c-s-child-poverty/#.Vlc2QJz4g0Q.facebook

“New Democrats call on B.C. Liberals to take action on poverty and homelessness”

http://johnhorganmla.ca/news/new-democrats-call-on-b-c-liberals-to-take-action-on-poverty-and-homelessness/

Bill M 218 – 2015: Poverty Reduction and Economic Inclusion Act, 2015

 

https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/legislation-debates-proceedings/40th-parliament/4th-session/bills/first-reading/m218-1

 

 

Poverty in the Legislature

October 15, 2015 Member Statement by David Forbes  in the Legislature re the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
http://www.davidforbesmla.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/MS-Forbes-International-Day-for-the-Eradication-of-Poverty-Oct-15-2015.pdf

David Forbes MLA and Donna Harpauer, Minister of Social Services, discuss a Poverty Reduction Strategy and Children Living in Poverty, November 26, 2015.
http://www.davidforbesmla.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Forbes-Poverty-Reduction-Strategy-and-Children-Living-in-Poverty-Nov-26-2014.pdf

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 livingwageyxe.ca
Twitter @livingwageYXE #LivingWageYXE
Contact:
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

https://healthprovidersagainstpoverty.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/canada-poverty-policy-audit-election-2015.pdf

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!

http://theupstreamsolution.com