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Almost half of SK employees living paycheck to paycheck

Almost half of Saskatchewan residents who are working are living paycheck to paycheck. A recent poll of Canadians by the Canadian Payroll Association found 48 per cent of Saskatchewan employees feel that it would be difficult to meet their financial obligations if their paycheque was delayed by a week.

Peter Gilmer from the Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry and Poverty Free Saskatchewan’s steering committee is quoted in the article from the Regina Leader-Post.

Article:

http://leaderpost.com/business/money/survey-finds-nearly-half-of-employees-in-saskatchewan-living-paycheque-to-paycheque

Raising awareness about rural poverty

Brenda Ives, from the Poverty Free Saskatchewan steering committee, was recently interviewed for a CBC article about rural poverty. Ives has been an important contributor to poverty reduction efforts in Tisdale; the community was announced as one of the six test sites for the potential federal poverty reduction strategy.

The experience of poverty in rural communities is different than that of urban communities (which is better known). For example, rural communities tend to lack public transportation and have reduced access to affordable rental housing.

Link to article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/poverty-tisdale-transportation-housing-2016-1.3748735

Tisdale, SK selected as a test site for national anti-poverty initiative

From the CBC: the federal government has announced it has selected six communities across Canada to test ideas for a potential national poverty reduction strategy. Tisdale, SK will be a case study for the project and will provide a rural perspective.

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/anti-poverty-plan-6-cities-1.3746791

Austerity is not the answer: a response by PFS to recent SK cuts to social programs

Poverty Free Saskatchewan responds to the provincial government’s recently announced funding cuts to social expenditures. The planned reductions to the Saskatchewan Assistance Plan, Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability, the Seniors Income Plan, the Guaranteed Income Supplement will be harmful to the most vulnerable residents of the province.

To see the full PFS press release, click on the following link: Poverty Free Saskatchewan Media Release August 15 2016 FINAL.

PFS conducted an analysis of the effects of the latest provincial budget, Budget 2016: Transformation or Austerity? which can be viewed here: budget_2016_PFS (2)

Budget 2016 Transformation or Austerity pic for web

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 in Saskatoon

This article from CBC News showcases a recent report authored by Charles Plante and Stefan Roddau for the Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership, which finds that an employee needs a wage of $16.77 (working 35+ hours/week) to live and support a family in Saskatoon.

The authors make the case that paying employees a living wage helps keep employees healthy and happy, but also can benefit a business (e.g. reducing employee turnover and improving employee commitment and loyalty).

Link to CBC article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/anti-poverty-group-sets-saskatoon-living-wage-at-16-77-an-hour-1.3292832

For more information, check out http://www.livingwageyxe.ca/

The report can be found by clicking here.

The link between poverty and race in Saskatchewan

This Focus Saskatchewan feature from Global News highlights how certain groups in the province (e.g. First Nations and Métis peoples, single parent households, recent immigrants, and people with disabilities) have considerably higher rates of poverty. For example, while about a quarter of children in SK live in poverty (Campaign 2000 report), 64% of status First Nations children in the province live in poverty (CCPA, 2013).

Link to the story: http://globalnews.ca/news/2291290/the-link-between-poverty-and-race-in-saskatchewan/