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/

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

Federal and Provincial Leadership Needed to Address Poverty

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