Saskatchewan continues to have one of the highest child poverty rates in Canada

News Release Release Date: November 24, 2021 10:00 a.m.

The 2021 Saskatchewan Child and Family Poverty Report Card released today by researchers with the University of Regina notes the provincial child poverty rate, which peaked in 2004, remains well above the Canadian average.

“We are concerned about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the current and future poverty level and the inadequate amount of money being made available to families and children is making the situation worse,” notes author of the report card Dr. Miguel Sanchez with the University’s Faculty of Social Work.

Saskatchewan’s child poverty rate at 26.1 per cent, is greater than all other provinces and territories except Manitoba and Nunavut, and well above the national child poverty rate of 17.7 per cent.

The report notes:

  • poverty is unequally concentrated in specific household groups;
  • the highest poverty rate is for children living in single parent families;
  • nearly half of children in lone-parent families experienced low income;
  • less than 5 per cent of lone-parent families have a male parent; and
  • Saskatchewan First Nations, Métis, immigrant and visible minorities have higher poverty rates than the Canadian average.

Provincial and national Child and Family Poverty Report Cards are produced annually as part of Campaign 2000, a cross Canada public education movement  to build awareness and support for the 1989 all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. Campaign 2000 began in 1991 out of concern about the lack of government progress in addressing child poverty and is non-partisan in urging all Canadian elected officials to keep their promise to Canada’s children. 

The full report along with other provincial report cards can be downloaded from: https://campaign2000.ca/report-cards/provincial/ or https://www.uregina.ca/socialwork/swrc/

 

About the University of Regina

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,000 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.

 

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