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Almost a million Canadian kids in poverty is an acute emergency

Dr. Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones: “Societal structures must change so that the lottery win of life doesn’t fall to only a small percentage of families”

Disability makes poverty likelier than ever: report

Toronto Star, September 25, 2014

Research about food bank utilization in the Greater Toronto Area suggests that being disabled is increasingly a trigger for poverty and hunger. In 2005, 17 per cent of food bank clients were receiving Ontario Disability Support Program benefits; the number has since almost doubled (28 per cent). The report suggests that allowances for disabled people are lagging behind the cost of living.

International Basic Income Week

September 15-21, 2014 is the 7th Annual International Basic Income Week. This week is an opportunity to raise awareness globally about basic income as a human right.

New Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy

Realizing Our Potential: Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (2014-2019) was released in September 2014. The new strategy includes sections focused on children & youth, homelessness, and employment. The document also acts as a reminder of the high cost of inaction; poverty cost the Ontario public $10.4 billion in 2008.

The strategy can be found here:

All of Us Are Paying for Government Inaction on Poverty

Inequity is rising in Canada. Did you know that the 86 richest families in Canada now hold more wealth than the poorest 11.4 million?

Poverty and inequities hurt all of us in the long run. They erode social cohesion and create a burden on all taxpayers to pay for poverty reduction, healthcare services, unemployment, crime and homelessness.

Full article by John Millar is available from the Huffington Post:

The CRA Should Not Define Poverty’s Threshold – Murtaza Haider

“The courts and the CRA must revisit their definitions of poverty, and perhaps consult with development economists who study the poor and poverty. The courts cannot be the sole arbitrator of how to define, measure, prevent and alleviate poverty. At the same time, the CRA may also not be the sole determinant of what constitutes charitable work.”

The complete article is available at:

New research about impact of poverty in Saskatoon Health Region

A new report by the Public Health Observatory of the Saskatoon Health Region discusses the need to address health inequities in the city. Residents living in lower-socioeconomic status neighbourhoods of Saskatoon tend to have lower life expectancies and poorer health (e.g. diabetes, injuries, and heart disease) compared to neighbourhoods with less deprivation.  For example, people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods of the city have a life expectancy at birth of only 76 years, compared to 85 years in the most advantaged neighbourhoods. These health gaps have been persistent over the years.

Media article:

More information is available on the CommunityView Collaboration website:

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)