Poverty In Saskatchewan Case Study
In 2014, 14.8 percent of the population of Saskatchewan, i.e. 160,000 people, lived in poverty. In 2010 only, poverty cost the province $3.8 billion in heightened service use and missing opportunities for contributions to the GDP and taxes. Poverty is the lack of income and productive resources sufficient to ensure sustainable livelihoods. In the long run, living in poverty prevents people from taking advantage of opportunities that many of us take for granted.
Populations that are most at risk of poverty include Lone-Parent Families (especially single mothers), children, First Nations and Métis, rural, those living with disabilities, and recent immigrants. Northern …show more content…
It also jeopardizes the sustainability of our healthcare system. A study of health outcomes in the City of Saskatoon demonstrated that low-income residents consume an extra $179 million in annual healthcare costs than if they were middle-income.
Saskatchewan’s economy is growing, but this economic growth triggered an increase in the costs of basic goods and services. Moreover, province’s residents are facing problems with affordable housing and rising rental costs. Saskatchewan has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Canada. Despite common assumptions, many of those in poverty are working full- or part-time but are not able to earn enough to meet all of their family’s needs.
In conclusion, we need to recognize that poverty is a complex problem involving a wide array of inter-related factors, such as childcare, training, housing and employment that need to be addressed in a strategic and coordinated way. Furthermore, in the case of situational poverty, a particular event or condition – job loss, marital breakdown, or illness – may throw a person into …show more content…
Without a solid economy and sufficient employment opportunities, more people become at risk of falling into poverty. Therefore ensuring citizens have a higher level of disposable income to use at their discretion is of utmost importance. Furthermore, all Government ministries and agencies need to align their programs and to work as one. A poverty reduction strategy must be for all Saskatchewan people. It needs to remove barriers and service limits for all people.
A comprehensive approach to poverty reduction must be designed to respond to the complex nature of poverty in Saskatchewan. A poverty reduction strategy is comprehensive when it deals with as many of the various dimensions of poverty as possible. Moreover, this strategy should be sensitive to the needs of the target communities. We can develop a strategy that works for people by first ensuring it is based on meaningful, province-wide consultation; and by second ensuring opportunities for ongoing public engagement. The evidence indicates that the most successful comprehensive poverty reduction strategies are those that are guided by realistic timelines, targets, and accountability measures, and designed to acknowledge and meet the complexity of poverty