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The Birth of Medicare
From Saskatchewan’s breakthrough to Canada-wide coverage
By Lorne Brown and Doug Taylor
July 3, 2012
Medicare was born in Saskatchewan on July 1, 1962. It would be the first government-controlled, universal, comprehensive single-payer medical insurance plan in North America. It was a difficult birth. The North American medical establishment and the entire insurance industry were determined to stop Medicare in its tracks. They feared it would become popular and spread, and they were right...

Canadian Dimension

Campaign 2000 releases 2016 Report Card
November 24, 2016
Campaign 2000 released its 2016 annual Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada on Thursday, November 24, in Ottawa. This date marks 27 years since the unanimous House of Commons’ resolution to end child poverty in Canada and seven years after the entire House of Commons voted “to develop an immediate plan to end poverty for all in Canada.”

Press Release (English)

Communiqué - Français


Complete report (English) (PDF - 1.9MB, 20 pages)
The 2016 national report card, A Road Map to Eradicate Child & Family Poverty, highlights the compelling reasons why the federal government needs to adopt a child and family poverty reduction lens on all policy, program and spending decisions.
NOTE : The complete report is available in English only.)

Campaign 2000


The national report card release corresponds with several Campaign 2000 partners releasing
provincial report cards on child and family poverty in the following cities:

Vancouver, British Columbia:

Regina, Saskatoon:

Winnipeg, Manitoba:

Toronto, Ontario:

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Saint John, New Brunswick:

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island:


Campaign 2000 Infographic : Issues and Solutions (small PDF file)

Average Rent Prices for September 2016
with Data Provided for 20 Canadian Cities
- avg. rents for studio/bachelor - 1-2-3bedrooms

New report on rents in various communities across Canada
News Release
September 14, 2016
By the RentSeeker Team
Canada’s Leading Real Estate Listing Website and Apartment Finder, published newly updated rental data in what’s become it’s [sic] highly popular Infographic format, which has become a popular resource for renters, landlords, economists, and journalists which shows Average Rent Prices for September 2016 with data provided for 20 Canadian cities. (Click the link above to select an apartment size and one of the 20 Canadian cities below, in no particular order.)

* Toronto : * Lethbridge :
* Ottawa : * Hamilton :

* Calgary :

* Mississauga :
* Montreal :

Niagara Falls :

* Edmonton :

* Oshawa :


* Vancouver :

* Burnaby :


* Kingston :

* Brampton :


* London :

* St. Catharines :


* Sarnia :

* Halifax :


* Windsor :


– Canada’s Leading Real Estate Listing Website and Apartment Finder

Sask. government dialing back income benefits for disabled people:
Changes will eliminate two income benefits paying for the same thing
August 9, 2016
Changes coming to Saskatchewan's social assistance supplement programs mean about 2,700 people will see a reduction in benefits as early as Sept. 1. In the budget, the Saskatchewan Party government announced it would move forward with changes to some of its income supplement programs to increase equity and fairness, as well as addressing the problem of duplicate benefits paying for the same needs twice.

CBC News

Related links:

Thousands to get reduced benefits from disability program

“I just feel hopeless. I have no idea what I’m going to do”

Protest over cuts held at legislative building.

Clawbacks a symptom of provincial austerity

Group that helped bring in the program concerned over government cuts

Changes to Saskatchewan disability benefits contrary to the consensus of the Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction:

Government extends timeline for social services program changes:


- Go to the Saskatchewan Links page:

Advocates for the homeless are still waiting to see what the provincial government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy will look like.
January 12, 2016
In August, an 11-member advisory committee struck by the province released its recommendations on how to reduce poverty in Saskatchewan.
At the time, the province refused to commit to the outlined goal of cutting poverty in half by 2020. Donna Harpauer, the Minister of Social Services, said the recommendations would be analyzed, but would not set a deadline for when a provincial strategy would be adopted.

Five months later, a strategy is still not in place.

Regina Leader-Post

Welfare rates (benefits)
Saskatchewan Assistance Program (SAP)
Saskatchewan Employment Supplement (SES)
Transitional Employment Allowance (TEA)
Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID)

Saskatchewan government creates advisory group on poverty
April 23, 2015
A chance to provide feedback on what can be done to make life those better for those in Saskatchewan who are unable to meet their basic needs is now available.

The Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction [ ] has launched its public consultation website as a tool to help the work they are already doing. The group's co-chair is Saskatoon's Allison Robertson. She says it is her hope many will take advantage of the website to offer suggestions..

In addition to the online process, the Advisory Group is also holding one-on-one meetings and a roundtable discussion on poverty reduction at the end of the month. The day-long facilitated discussion will take place in Saskatoon and will include the participation of more than 130 organizations and individuals from across the province. The group is then expected to provide its recommendations to government that will inform the development of a poverty reduction strategy in June 2015.

Online Poverty Reduction Survey
Do you know of programs in your community that are working well to help people living in poverty?
Please complete this survey by May 15, 2015 to share your experience with the members of the Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction. survey.

Saskatchewan Provincial Budget 2015-16
March 18, 2015
The Honourable Ken Krawetz, Minister of Finance delivered the Budget to the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan on March 18, 2015.
- incl. links to all budget papers

Budget Highlights
[ Version française:

* No tax increases
* Controlling operating spending
* Investing in infrastructure
* Incentives for job creation
* Balanced budget

Budget Speech (PDF - 167KB, 32 pages)
[ Version française: ]

Saskatchewan Provincial Budget 2015-16 (PDF - 1.6MB, 82 pages)
This document details the government’s budget for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, and includes plans and technical papers.

Budget Documents
- includes links to the main budget document (see immediately above) and to the Estimates, the Financial Highlights of the Budget (Green Sheet), the Budget Basics and News and Media for (news releases on the Provincial Budget 2015-16 announcement.)

Developing the Budget
The Provincial Budget details the government's finances and forecasts for the fiscal year that runs from April 1 to March 31. Government develops the Budget following the process outlined in this section.

News releases re. the 2015-2016 Saskatchewan Budget
(All releases are dated March 18, 2015 ; click the link above to access any of the releases below)
Balanced Budget Keeping Saskatchewan Strong
* Increased Post-Secondary Capital Investment and Continued Support for Students
* Training Programs Address Workforce Needs in Saskatchewan
* Record $5.12 Billion Invested in Improving Health Care
* Government Makes Interim Changes to Potash Taxes, Announces Review
* Record Highways Budget Funds Twinning, Passing Lanes, Overpasses and Bypasses
* Continued Investment in Farmers, Ranchers and Agribusiness to Keep Saskatchewan Strong
* 2015-16 Budget Provides Record Municipal Revenue Sharing
* Budget Continues Strong Commitment to First Nations and Métis People
* Investments in Provincial Parks Benefit Tourism in Saskatchewan
* Supporting Saskatchewan Seniors
* Keeping Saskatchewan Strong by Helping People in Need
* Government Remains Committed to Student Success
* Capital Investments Keeping Saskatchewan Strong
* Saskatchewan Keeps Growing – Population Tops 1,130,000 for the First Time


Related links

From Global News:
[ ]

Saskatchewan 2015-2016 Budget links
(All releases are dated March 18, 2015; click the link above to access any item below)
* Saskatchewan budget 2015: breaking down infrastructure funding
* No new taxes, but incentives take a hit: Highlights of the Saskatchewan budget
* No tax increases for upcoming Saskatchewan budget
* Saskatchewan budget holds line on taxes, but peels back incentives
* Saskatchewan presents budget for upcoming year
* Sask. politicians already in campaign mode: analyst


From CBC News Saskatchewan:
[ ]

Potash giving cash boost to tight Saskatchewan budget
$800M expected this year, twice as much as previous budget

[ ]
March 18, 2015

NOTE: Click the "Potash" link above, then scroll down to the bottom of the article for the following further budget analysis:
More links to Saskatchewan
Budget 2015-2016 articles from CBC News:
(All articles below are dated March 18, 2015; click the link above to access any item below)
Saskatchewan budget: $107M surplus, some family-oriented programs trimmed
* 25,000 Sask. families to lose tax benefit for arts, sports fees
* Budget removes 6,000 seniors from province's drug plan
* Current, former students impacted by tight Sask. budget
* Oil revenue takes a hit, quick recovery not in sight
* Government will borrow $700M to finance roads, school, hospitals
* Sask. budget reduces R&D incentive for business


From CTV News:
[ ]

Saskatchewan budget holds line on taxes, but peels back incentives
By Clare Clancy
March 18, 2015
REGINA -- The Saskatchewan government has brought forward a budget that attempts to put the brakes on spending increases and peels back tax incentives for middle-class families, graduates and the potash industry. A global oil downturn is putting the squeeze on the province's bottom line, but Finance Minister Ken Krawetz noted Wednesday that there are no new personal income taxes or fee increases.

Digesting the Saskatchewan Budget (video, duration 3:06)

Barbs traded in Saskatchewan legislature over 2015 budget (video, duration 1:24)


- Go to the 2015 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:

From the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

Social Assistance Summaries 2014 (PDF - 235KB, 49 pages)
Anne Makhoul, March 2015

The informative Social Assistance Statistical Report [ ], published by the federal and provincial/territorial governments, was last released in 2010 and presented 2008 data. In its place, the Caledon Institute will publish a Social Assistance Summaries series as part of its web-based Canada Social Report, which will be operational in spring 2015. In the interim, this publication offers an advance viewing of 12 of Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial Social Assistance programs. Material from Nunavut was not available in time to be included in this paper.
A summary was prepared for each province and territory with input and feedback from government representatives in every jurisdiction. All reports include program descriptions and data on the number of social assistance cases and recipients dating, in most jurisdictions, from 1997 to 2014. The summaries will be updated annually.

Caledon Institute of Social Policy


Saskatchewan poverty reduction links

This link takes you to the SK section of the
Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page of this site:

ALL links to content concerning poverty reduction strategies and campaigns have been moved to the Antipoverty Links page from the individual provincial/territorial pages, including government and NGO links.

Minimum Wage:

Current and Forthcoming Minimum Hourly Wage Rates for Adult Workers in Canada
- federal govt. site --- the best resource for info on current and upcoming minimum wage levels
Source :
Minimum Wage Database

The links below will take you directly to the following
Saskatchewan government and non-governmental web pages:

Government Home Page
Government Telephone Directory
Departments, Agencies, Crown Corporations

News Releases
Saskatchewan's Queen's Printer
Legislative Assembly
Advanced Education
Social Services
Saskatchewan Pension Plan
Advanced Education
Status of Women
Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs
Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission

Social Policy Research Unit (SPR) [ School of Social Work - University of Regina ]
City of Regina
Regina Leader-Post

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

University of Regina

Saskatchewan News
Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA)



Saskatchewan Provincial Election Resources

Saskatchewan will go to the polls on Monday, November 7, 2011.
Election Almanac
- complete coverage of federal, provincial and territorial elections in Canada including election results, public opinion polls, ridings and candidates, election news, electoral history, links, and more

- Go to the Political Parties and Elections Links in Canada (Provinces and Territories) page:


Key welfare links

Department responsible for welfare
Social Services

Name of the welfare programs
Saskatchewan Assistance Program (SAP)
Saskatchewan Employment Supplement (SES)
Transitional Employment Allowance (TEA)
Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID)

Saskatchewan Assistance Act
- Saskatchewan Assistance Regulations
- Employment Supplement Regulations
- Benefit Adjustment Regulations
- Transitional Employment Allowance Regulations
- Rental Housing Supplement Regulations
- Disability Housing Supplement Regulations
- Saskatchewan Assistance Plan Supplementary Health Benefits Regulations
Queen's Printer (ALL statutes and regs)

Policy Manuals
Saskatchewan Assistance Program Policy Manual (PDF file)
Transitional Employment Allowance Policy Manual (PDF file)

SAID Policy Manual (PDF file)
Support Services to 16/17 Year Olds (PDF file)

Welfare statistics
See Social Assistance caseload/beneficiary statistics and expenditure information, 1997 to 2014 (further down on the page you're reading presently)
No Saskatchewan Assistance Program statistics are available on the Social Services website
- See Number of People on Welfare, March 1995 to March 2005 (PDF file - 133K, 1 page) Source: National Council of Welfare

Welfare rates (benefits)
Saskatchewan Assistance Program (SAP)
Saskatchewan Employment Supplement (SES)
Transitional Employment Allowance (TEA)
Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID)

Latest search results on for
"welfare, -child, -animal, Saskatchewan"
- Web search results
- News search results
- Blog search results

Related Links
* Ministry of Social Services Annual Report for 2013-2014 (PDF)
* Ministry of Social Services Annual Report for 2012-2013 (PDF)
* Final Recommendations of the Task Team on Income Support for People with Disabilities (PDF - 217K, 18 pages) - May 13, 2009
* Appendices to the Final Recommendations report (PDF - 815K, 133 pages)
* Seniors Income Plan
* Family Health Benefits

* Current Issues Surrounding Poverty and Welfare Programming in Canada : Two Reviews (PDF file - 371K, 43 pages) - June 2004
- comparison of welfare reforms in Saskatchewan, Canada, the U.S. and Britain

For more information about welfare in other Canadian jurisdictions,
see the
Canadian Social Research Links Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page.

Government Home Page

Government Telephone Directory
Departments, Agencies, Crown Corporations

Saskatchewan News Release Archive
Saskatchewan Pension Plan

Documents & Publications

Saskatchewan's Queen's Printer


Poverty strategy among items highlighted in Sask. throne speech:
Good idea, but overdue, NDP Opposition says
October 23, 2014
The Saskatchewan government has announced it's working on a poverty reduction strategy; something the NDP opposition says is a good idea, although long overdue. In the speech from the throne Wednesday, which launched the fall sitting of the Legislature, the government said Saskatchewan has the second-lowest poverty rate in Canada, but there is still more work to be done. The government will develop a poverty reduction strategy, building on the work of groups such as Poverty Costs.

CBC News

NOTE : Before the announcement in the 2014 Saskatchewan Throne Speech of a SK poverty reduction plan, Saskatchewan was one of two Canadian provinces without an official poverty reduction plan. BC is the remaining holdout : see ]

Related links:

2014 Saskatchewan Throne Speech
(English and French versions available)
(There are only three references to poverty and the poverty reduction plan in the Throne Speech, all on page 16.)

Government of Saskatchewan

"Freelaw® is free, unlimited access to up-to-date electronic versions of all Government of Saskatchewan Public and Private Acts, Regulations, The Saskatchewan Gazette, Forms, Rules of Court and Historical legislation - all fully downloadable and searchable in Portable Document Format (PDF)"

Saskatchewan poverty reduction links

This link takes you to the SK section of the
Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page of this site:

ALL links to content concerning poverty reduction strategies and campaigns have been moved to the Antipoverty Links page from the individual provincial/territorial pages, including government and NGO links.

Legislative Assembly

Department of Social Services
- incl. links to : * Services for Children and Families /* Services for People with Disabilities * Services for Low-income People * About Saskatchewan * About Government * About Social Services * Archived News Releases * Common Questions * Ministry Overview * Forms & Publications * Legislation * Office of Disability Issues * Programs & Services * Saskatchewan Housing * much more...

Social Services is the Department responsible for welfare in Saskatchewan.
For key links to information about welfare in Saskatchewan, scroll back up this page to the grey section.

* Ministry of Social Services Annual Report for 2013-2014 (PDF)
* Ministry of Social Services Annual Report for 2012-2013 (PDF)

Welfare historians, rejoice!
The report below covers a ten-year period, 1995-96 to 2005-06 and focuses on the Saskatchewan antipoverty strategy that started in 1997.

Saskatchewan's Long-Term Social Assistance Caseload:
A review by Saskatchewan Community Resources
(PDF - 533K, 7 pages)
In 1997, Saskatchewan introduced an anti­poverty strategy called Building Independence. The Building Independence strategy has brought new programs for low­income working people and people without jobs. The result has been a more comprehensive income support system that combines social assistance with a range of new supplements for low­income people.

Saskatchewan Social Services

Saskatchewan welfare caseload information (PDF - 200K, 22 pages)
[Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly Votes and Proceedings for Monday November 8, 2010.]
See Appendix I "Questions and Answers" starting on the fourth page of text for caseload information from March to September 2010.
NOTE : This information is provided in question-and-answer format. Unless you're familiar with Saskatchewan's mix of income support programs, your head will spin from all the SIPs, SAPs, TEAs and SAIDs. Use the Saskatchewan section of the Key Welfare Links page of this website to translate the acronyms and to find relevant program information to help you to understand the statistics.

NOTE to the nice folks in Saskatchewan Social Services:
Please consider joining the six provinces that are now uploading current welfare statistics to their websites (Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Québec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia). If Saskatchewan Social Services posted their welfare stats to their website, that would make life so much easier for social researchers of every stripe. See why Welfare statistics are Important! - including links to the types of welfare statistics that are currently available from provinces across Canada. Join the movement, won't you?

Saskatchewan social housing changes to help more people in need
July 24, 2012
News Release
Saskatchewan citizens facing the greatest housing need will soon have better access to social housing thanks to program changes announced today in Saskatoon. (...) New social housing tenants will be selected based upon a more balanced approach that considers more than their financial circumstances, such as the safety, condition and crowding of their existing home. Consideration will also be given to those who are homeless or victims of domestic violence. Other changes to the Social Housing Program include transparent eligibility criteria that better targets people most in need, and fair rents for people accessing the program. Taken together, these changes make Saskatchewan's social housing policies more consistent with other provinces in western Canada. Saskatchewan currently has the most social housing units per capita in western Canada. (...) Program changes will be introduced this fall in the largest urban centres. Over the course of the next year, the program changes will be introduced throughout the rest of the province and discussions will take place with local housing authorities in smaller and northern communities to develop a solution to address the specific housing needs of seniors.

Government of Saskatchewan

Status of Women


Saskatchewan Community Resources
2006-2007 Annual Report
(PDF file - 816K, 33 pages)

For more information about welfare in other Canadian jurisdictions,
see the
Canadian Social Research Links Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page

From Saskatchewan Social Services:

News Release
May 13, 2009
Beginning this fall, thousands of Saskatchewan people will no longer need to depend on social assistance for their basic living costs, following the announcement today of a new income support program for people with disabilities. (...) The new program will begin on October 1, 2009, when the first group of recipients - an estimated 3,000 Saskatchewan people with disabilities - will be enrolled and begin to receive benefits. The initial group will be individuals currently on social assistance with long-standing and well-documented disabilities. Over time, enrollment in the new program is expected to reach between 8,000 and 10,000 people.

Final Recommendations
of the Task Team on Income Support for People with Disabilities
(PDF - 217K, 18 pages)
May 13, 2009

Appendices (PDF - 815K, 133 pages)
Appendix A: Task Team Terms of Reference
Appendix B: Task Team Membership
Appendix C: Materials Used in Community Discussions
Appendix D: Defining the Target Population and Eligibility Criteria
Appendix E: Estimates of the Size of Target Population
Appendix F: Recommended Benefit Structure and Employment Support
Appendix G – Summaries of the Community Discussions
Appendix H – Responses to Community Discussion Wrap-up Question
Appendix I – Responses to the question: “If you had five minutes with the Minister, what would you tell her?”

More information about the new income support program will be available as work continues.
Clients may contact their local Social Services office if they have any questions.

Questions and answers about
the new Disability Income Support Program
(PDF - 38K, 4 pages)

See also:

Office of Disability Issues
The Office of Disability Issues serves as a focal point for government initiatives on disabilities. The Office is a vehicle for collaboration and partnership with the disability community.
The Ministry of Social Services hosts the Office
[ Information Materials (reports & resources) ]

Saskatchewan Social Services

Related links:

Response to Government Announcement:
People with Significant Disabilities See an End to Welfare

An historic step was taken by the Government of Saskatchewan towards improving the lives of people with disabilities yesterday. Minister of Social Services, Donna Harpauer, announced that a separate, dignified income system for people of disabilities would be launched on October 1, 2009.
Saskatchewan Disability Income Support Coalition (DISC)
DISC was formed by a large cross section of disability advocates, consumers and organizations across Saskatchewan who are committed to advocating for a respectful, dignified and adequate income support system. DISC members have joined together to speak as one voice, working towards a distinct (or separate) income system for people with disabilities that will be built on our common vision and principles.

DISC Resources
- incl. links to :
*A Question of Citizenship - The Argument for Adequate Income Support for People with Disabilities
* DISC Survey Report - A survey of Saskatchewan citizens with disabilities who utilize social assistance was conducted in the winter of 2007. The purpose of this research was to capture stories about the experience of being on social assistance as a person with a disability and to identify their suggestions for change.
* Conclusions from a Review of Eligibility Requirements in Income Security Programs in Canada


Sask. introducing income support program for people with disabilities [dead link]
May 13, 2009
Saskatchewan people with disabilities who can't earn income will no longer have to go on social assistance but will instead have their own tailored income-support program, the provincial government said Wednesday. While it won't immediately mean more money for people with disabilities, improvements to the program should be easier down the road because the assistance will be targeted, said Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer.

Selected news releases:

New exemption will benefit people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities
News Release
September 4, 2008
Individuals with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities in Saskatchewan will be able to better plan for the future, following the exemption of Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs) from social assistance calculations. The exemption means that RDSP assets and income - including funds withdrawn for payment to a beneficiary - will not be included when determining eligibility for the Saskatchewan Assistance Program.
Saskatchewan Social Services
[ Government of Saskatchewan ]

In the determination of financial eligibility for needs-tested welfare or disability benefits,
each province and territory decides how it will treat assets and income from various sources, both at the point of application and on an ongoing basis.

Related link:

Saskatchewan Exempts the RDSP
September 4, 2008
Exciting news! Yet another province has decided to exempt the RDSP from affecting Disability Benefits. Saskatchewan put out a news release earlier today from the Ministry of Social Services indicating that the RDSP will not affect the calculations for those receiving social assistance, exempting both the RDSP as an asset and income. (...) This a a very exciting development for people in Saskatchewan as it now means they, along with BC, Newfoundland, and Yukon, can fully utilize the benefits that the RDSP provides.
Registered Disability Savings Plan Blog --- everything you wanted to know about the RDSP....

The RDSP Blog is a product of the
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)
PLAN is a non-profit organization, established in 1989 by and for families committed to future planning and securing a good life for their relative with a disability.

Recent posting on the RDSP Blog:

TOP 10 Reasons Provinces/Territories Should Exempt
the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) as an Asset and Income

August 14, 2008

Province Boosts Support for Vulnerable Children and Families
Foster families will be getting more financial support

August 31, 2007
Foster families will be getting more financial support, Community Resources Minister Kevin Yates announced today. The funding is part of an $18 million package to increase support for vulnerable children and families in the province.

Also from Community Resources:

Government provides support for
housing costs and launches information line

News Release
August 29, 2007
The provincial government is providing immediate help to address rising housing costs through increased shelter allowances. (...)
The changes include:
• increasing the shelter rate for most Social Assistance Program and Transitional Employment Allowance recipients by $5 to $75 per month;
• increasing the Saskatchewan Rental Housing Supplement by $6 to $21 per month. The supplement is available to lower-income families and people with disabilities, including those who are working in lower paying jobs; and
• increasing the Provincial Training Allowance by $20 to $35 per month. The allowance is available to people enrolled in adult basic education and quick skills programs.

Related links:

Saskatchewan shelter allowance hike inadequate, say critics [dead link]
August 30, 2007
The province is giving low-income people more money to cover their rent, but some say with a housing crisis underway, it's not nearly enough. Combined allowances and supplements are going up by amounts ranging from $11 to $96 a month, the Saskatchewan government announced this week.
CBC News

Sask. residents to receive boost in welfare benefits [dead link]
Lori Coolican,
August 30, 2007
Depending on their situation and where they live, some of Saskatchewan's poorest residents will receive up to $96 more in monthly welfare benefits starting Oct. 1. But others will get far less.
The Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Office of Disability Issues
- incl. links to : Information Materials - Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities - Enablelink - Housing programs - Saskatchewan Council on Disability Issues


Budget Information - current and previous year 
Public Accounts - current and previous year 



Saskatchewan 2014 Budget
March 19, 2014
- main budget page --- includes links to all budget documents, including news releases, backgrounders, Core Operational Plan, estimates and supplementary estimates, and more...


News Release
Balanced Budget Keeps Saskatchewan on the Path of Steady Growth (small PDF file)
March 19, 2014
No Tax Increases; Important Investments in Infrastructure and People.
Finance Minister Ken Krawetz today tabled a balanced budget aimed at keeping Saskatchewan on the path of steady growth.
This year’s budget avoids tax increases by controlling government spending.

Selected budget highlights:
(Excerpts from the above news release)

* Record funding of nearly $5.0 billion to be spent through the Ministry of Health - a 3.0 per cent increase compared to last year - to deliver high-quality health care services for Saskatchewan people;
* $956.5 million to be spent through the Ministry of Social Services (responsible for welfare) - up $65.8 million or 7.4 per cent compared to last year;
* $446.2 million, up $84.3 million compared to last year, for new and enhanced programming for people with disabilities and for increased utilization;
* $8.7 million increase for Child and Family agenda initiatives bringing the total commitment in new funding to $62.5 million since 2011;
* $1.76 billion to be spent through the Ministry of Education, an increase of $52.4 million over last year;
* $52.7 million, up 4.3 per cent compared to last year, to expand the number of child care spaces by 500;
* $20.4 million - an increase of more than 6.0 per cent over last year - to support 15 new pre-K programs;
* $668.9 million for post secondary institution operating grants and targeted funding, an increase of $16.8 million compared to last year;
* Direct student supports of $216.0 million, an increase of $18.5 million over last year or 9.4 per cent;
* $37.4 million for other ongoing provincial tax credits related to education costs and interest paid on student loans;
* $32.5 million for the Student Aid Fund;
* $31.0 million for the Provincial Training Allowance;
* $7.5 million for the Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education Savings;
* $7.0 million for the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship; and
* o $5.0 million for the Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship;
* Increases of $2.1 million to add 700 new Adult Basic Education spaces and $1 million to add 300 new apprenticeship training seats;
* $189.2 million - an increase of $4.4 million or 2.4 per cent over last year - for initiatives that directly benefit First Nations and Métis people including $6.0 million to double funding for initiatives related to the Joint Task Force on First Nation and Metis Education and Employment;
* $394.6 million of direct provincial support to municipalities, an increase of $32.8 million, or 9.1 per cent, from last year and an increase of $152.7 million or 63.1 per cent from the 2007-08 Budget.
* Increased benefits for recipients of : Seniors Income Plan - Personal Care Home Benefit - Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability


The Budget (PDF - 1.5MB, 71 pages)

Budget Address (PDF - 228K, 34 pages)

Government Direction for 2014-15 (PDF - 324K, 18 pages)
- from the Budget book


More Budget 2014-15 News Releases (small PDF files):

*** Social Services - Child and Family Agenda: Government Investing in Children and Families
Backgrounder 1 :
Backgrounder 2 :

*** Social Services - Housing: Government Continues to Invest in Affordable Housing
Backgrounder :

*** Social Services - People with Disabilities: Government Investing in Supports for Citizens with Disabilities
Backgrounder :

*** Social Services - Seniors: Government Investing in Supports for Seniors
Backgrounder :


Media coverage / NGO critique:

[ ]

* Budget Highlights
March 19, 2014

* Saskatchewan holds line on spending with flat revenue in tight, balanced budget
By Jennifer Graham
March 19, 2014


From CBC.CA:
[ ]

Premier Brad Wall talks about the budget (video, duration 6:44)

A flurry of reaction to Saskatchewan budget
Opposition claims government has 'flip-flopped' on savings fund

Education property taxes frozen in Saskatchewan budget


- Go to the 2014 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:


To avoid unnecessary duplication of budget links on multiple pages, I've moved links to all earlier budgets over to the pages below, organized by fiscal year. The pages below include links to media analysis and selected critique from NGOs on the budgets, and the amount of coverage varies across jurisdictions and over the years.

Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2013
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2012
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2011
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2010
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2009
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2008

Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2007
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2006
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2005
Go to Canadian Government Budgets 2004



Advanced Education, Employment and Labbour



Minimum Wage Increase Announced
News Release
October 3, 2007
"(...)The increase will take place in three stages that will see the minimum wage move to $8.25 per hour on January 1, 2008, to $8.60 on May 1, 2008 and to $9.25 per hour on May 1, 2009. The minimum call out pay, which is three times the level of the minimum wage, will also increase accordingly. An adjustment will also be made to minimum wage in 2010 to bring the minimum wage to the Low Income Cut-off (LICO). Along with this increase, legislation will be introduced that permits the minimum wage to be indexed in future years annually on May 1, to the consumer price index. Indexing the minimum wage beginning in 2010 will ensure that minimum wage workers are able to maintain a standard of living equivalent to the LICO. ...) There are approximately 12,400 minimum wage earners in Saskatchewan."
Saskatchewan Labour
[ Government of Saskatchewan ]

 Bureau of Statistics

Saskatchewan Consumer Price Index Summary 

Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs

Saskatchewan takes action for children and Aboriginal youth in conjunction with the Social Union Framework Agreement (December 17, 1999) 
Results of Indian Affairs Study Encouraging
Saskatchewan Social Services 
September 1, 2000 

 Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission

Other Saskatchewan Sites - Autres sites de la Saskatchewan
(Mostly in reverse chronological order with the most recent addition at the top)

2014 Campaign 2000 child poverty
report card for Saskatchewan:

Campaign 2000 Releases 2014 Report Cards on Child Poverty in Canada:
Findings and Recommendations Echo Poverty Costs Saskatchewan Report
(small PDF file, 2 pages)
Press Release
November 24, 2014

Poverty Costs Saskatchewan:
A New Approach to Prosperity for All
(PDF - 6.8MB, 54 pages)
October 2014
By Charles Plante and Keisha Sharp

Vibrant Communities Canada


Poverty Costs
Poverty Costs is a campaign to raise awareness about the economic cost of poverty and give Saskatchewan people an opportunity to voice their support for a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy.


The complete national child poverty report card:

Child Poverty 25 Years Later : We Can Fix This
2014 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada
(PDF - 744KB, 12 pages)
[ Version française : ]

Campaign 2000
Campaign 2000 is a non-partisan, cross-Canada network of 120 national, provincial and community partner organizations committed to working to end child and family poverty.


- For similar reports from other participating jurisdictions,
go to the Campaign 2000 Child Poverty Report Card Links page:


One in four Sask. kids live in poverty, study finds
By Evan Radford
November 25, 2014

Regina Leader Post


Vital Signs Reports paint a stark picture of youth unemployment across Canada
October 8, 2014
By Ella Bedard
Stability is not in the cards for Canadian workers, with young workers particularly affected, according to this year's Vital Signs Reports from the Community Foundations of Canada. The first Vital Signs was produced by the Toronto Community Foundation in 2001. It assembled local research and national data to paint a broad strokes picture of community health. Since its inception the Vitals project has expanded to include a total of 49 Canadian communities big and small, who have produced reports or are acting on findings from previous reports.




27 communities across Canada launch quality-of-life reports on October 7
(Ottawa, ON) Sept. 30, 2014 – Community foundations in 27 communities across Canada are releasing their Vital Signs 2014 reports on Tuesday, October 7. Vital Signs is an annual community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada that provides a comprehensive look at how our communities are faring in key quality-of-life areas.

Local Reports:
Here, you'll find links to all of the local reports released on October 7, 2014.
A total of 49 community foundations are involved in the Vital Signs program – either producing a report or acting on the findings of previous reports.
The communities releasing Vital Signs reports in 2014 are:

* British Columbia: Abbotsford, Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve Region, Golden, Nanaimo, Phoenix (Grand Forks), Shuswap, Squamish, Sunshine Coast, Surrey, Victoria
* Alberta: Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta, Southeastern Alberta
* Saskatchewan: Regina
* Manitoba: Winnipeg
* Ontario: Huronia (Simcoe County), Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Peterborough, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor
* Atlantic provinces: Fredericton, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia

Vital Signs
Vital Signs is a community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada. Each Vital Signs report measures the vitality of its community in key areas, providing the community with critical information that can help set priorities and identify opportunities for action

Community Foundations of Canada

Food Banks Canada:

HungerCount 2012
October 30, 2012

Food Banks Canada reports record number of Canadians using food banks; 38% are children
HungerCount 2012 provides essential information on levels of food bank use in Canada, profiles communities hit by economic change
October 30, 2012
News Release
– The number of Canadians turning to food banks for help is at an all-time high, according to the HungerCount 2012 national study released today by Food Banks Canada. After dipping slightly in 2011, food bank use in Canada increased by 2.4% this year, and is now a staggering 31% higher than before the 2008-2009 recession.

Complete report:

HungerCount 2012 : A Comprehensive Report on Hunger and
Food Bank Use in Canada, and Recommendations for Change
(PDF - 2.6MB, 36 pages)


Media coverage:

Recession’s legacy has food-bank usage soaring in Canada
By Tavia Grant
October 30 2012
A record number of Canadians visited a food bank this year, an indication the recession’s legacy continues to bite. More than 882,000 people used a food bank this March, a 2.4-per-cent increase from last year. Demand is now 31-per-cent higher than before the recession, a study to be released Tuesday says. Food banks were never supposed to be a permanent part of Canada’s landscape. They sprang up during tough economic times in the early 1980s as a temporary way to alleviate hunger. Thirty years later, more than three quarters of a million Canadians are using food banks each month.

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Source of the article:

The Globe and Mail

Source of the report:

Food Banks Canada
Food Banks Canada is the national charitable organization representing and supporting the food bank community across Canada. Our membership and their respective agencies serve approximately 85% of people accessing essential food programs nationwide.

Young parents squeezed for time and money, report finds
A University of British Columbia study found that it's much more expensive to raise a family than it was a generation ago.
October 18, 2011
By Andrea Gordon
Canadian parents are raising children with far less money and time than their baby boomer predecessors, despite the doubling of the Canadian economy since 1976, says a report from the University of British Columbia. At the same time, Canadians approaching retirement are wealthier than ever before, setting up an intergenerational tension that threatens young families, according to the study, released Tuesday.
Toronto Star

The report:

Does Canada work for all generations?
By Paul Kershaw and Lynell Anderson
October 18, 2011

Related resources:

* New Deal for Families blog
* YouTube video "New Deal for Families"

Human Early Learning Partnership
The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research network, based at the University of British Columbia. HELP’s unique partnership brings together many scientific viewpoints to address complex early child development (ECD) issues. HELP connects researchers and practitioners from communities and institutions across B.C., Canada, and internationally.
[ University of British Columbia ]

From the
National Council of Welfare (NCW):

NOTE : The National Council of Welfare closed its doors and shut down its website at the end of September 2012.
For more information, see

The links to the three reports below are functional because the files are copied to my web server.

Over the years, the Council has produced many reports on poverty and welfare, but there are three that stand out in my mind as milestone reports on the history of welfare in Canada, at least since the 1980s.

1. 1987
Welfare in Canada: The Tangled Safety Net
(PDF - 2.7MB, 131 pages)
November 1987
Tangled Safety Net examines the following issues in Canadian social assistance network of programs:
* Complex rules * Needs-testing * Rates of assistance * Enforcement * Appeals * Recommendations
This report is the first comprehensive national analysis of social assistance programs operated by the provincial, territorial and municipal governments. These programs function as the safety net for Canadians and are better known by their everyday name ‘welfare’.

Version française :
Le bien-être social au Canada : Un filet de sécurité troué (PDF - 3Mo., 138 pages)
Novembre 1987
[ NOTA : Si vous trouvez un lien vers ce fichier en français, veuillez communiquer avec moi pour le partager.
Merci! ]


2. 1992
Welfare Reform
(PDF - 2.8MB, 61 pages)
Summer 1992
This report is an update of the 1987 Tangled Safety Net, but it presents information by jurisdiction rather than by issue - covers all provinces and territories.

Version française:
Réforme du bien-être social (PDF - 3,5Mo., 63 pages)


3. 1997
Another Look at Welfare Reform
(PDF - 6.75MB, 134 pages)
Autumn 1997
- an in-depth analysis of changes in Canadian welfare programs in the 1990s. The report focuses on the provincial and territorial reforms that preceded the repeal of the Canada Assistance Plan and those that followed the implementation of the Canada Health and Social Transfer in April 1996.
[Proactive disclosure : I did the research for, and wrote the provincial-territorial section of, this report while I was on a one-year secondment to the Council. Gilles ]

Version française:
Un autre regard sur la réforme du bien-être social (PDF - 8Mo., 148 pages)

National Council of Welfare
[ Conseil national du bien-être social ]
Established in 1969, the Council is an advisory group to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (originally the Minister of Health and Welfare Canada). The mandate of the Council is to advise the Minister regarding any matter relating to social development that the Minister may refer to the Council for its consideration or that the Council considers appropriate.


October 6 (2012) update:
The National Council of Welfare closed its doors and shut down its website at the end of September 2012.
For more information, see


Child and Family Poverty in Saskatchewan: November 2010 (PDF - 618K, 10 pages)
November 24, 2010
New data from Statistics Canada for the year 2008 show that Saskatchewan has an overall poverty rate of 12.1%. This represents 115, 000 people — equivalent to more than half the population of Regina — living below the poverty line. Of those, 33,000 are children under the age of 18. In recent years, Saskatchewan’s poverty rate has fallen below the national rate. This trend continues in 2008 with the provincial poverty rate slightly below the national rate of 13.6%, or 4,426,000 people
Social Policy Research Unit
[ Faculty of Social Work ]
[ University of Regina ]

This is one of a series of provincial reports all released under the Campaign 2000 banner on November 24 (2010), the anniversary of the 1989 unanimous House of Commons resolution to end child poverty by the year 2000. For links to the complete collection of federal and provincial reports and (selected) related media coverage, go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (NGO) page:

Poverty Free Saskatchewan
is a new network of individuals and organizations working toward poverty elimination. The mission of PFS is to advance the well-being of all Saskatchewan individuals, families and communities by promoting the development and adoption of effective, measurable and timely policies and programs to eliminate poverty in Saskatchewan. PFS members believe that poverty elimination requires wide ranging involvement and commitment from many stakeholders.

Saskatchewan poverty reduction links
This link takes you to the SK section of the
Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page of this site:

Since May 2010, ALL links to content concerning poverty reduction strategies and campaigns have been moved to the Antipoverty Links page from the individual provincial/territorial pages, including government and NGO links.

The Cost of Healthy Eating in Saskatchewan 2009:
Impact on Food Security
(PDF - 1.3MB, 24 pages)
April 2010
Written by the Public Health Nutritionists of Saskatchewan Working Group with the support of
Saskatchewan Regional Health Authorities
Food Secure Saskatchewan
Food Secure Saskatchewan is a coalition of individuals and groups working toward, or interested in, achieving food security for all Saskatchewan citizens by way of a healthy and sustainable food system. This coalition includes community-based organizations, nutritionists, health professionals, hunger groups, First Nations residents, government departments, community leaders, farmers, producers, and others.

Saskatchewan Report Card on Child and Family Poverty (PDF - 239K, 8 pages)
November 2009
* 35,000 Children in Poverty in Saskatchewan
* No Consistent Improvement Over Time
* Comparing Three Measures of Poverty
* Third Highest Provincial Child Poverty Rate
* 45% of Aboriginal Children in Low-Income Families
* More than One in Three Immigrant Children Poor
* 40% of Children in Female Lone-parent Families in Poverty
* Families Deeply in Poverty
* Saskatchewan Child Poverty Often Long Term
* One in Three Poor Children in Families with Full Employment
* Government Transfers Benefit Children
* Growing Gap Between Rich and Poor
* Child Poverty Rate High by International Standards
* Poverty Measures
Social Policy Research Unit
[ Faculty of Social Work ]
[ University of Regina ]

Related link:

Campaign 2000

Boom and Bust: The Growing Income Gap in Saskatchewan
September 2009
Complete report
(PDF - 4.7MB, 59 pages)
(PDF - 130K, 19 pages)
For the past thirty years, the richest in the province have secured the lion’s share of Saskatchewan’s economic growth, while those at the lower end of the income spectrum have made few or no gains over the same period. That is the conclusion of the Saskatchewan CCPA’s new report: Boom and Bust: The Growing Income Gap in Saskatchewan.The report’s author - Paul Gingrich retired professor of Sociology and Social Studies at the University of Regina - finds that the gap between the richest and poorest families in Saskatchewan has increased dramatically over the past generation and has mushroomed since 2000 – during the best of economic times.
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Related link:

Wage disparity widens in Saskatchewan [Expired link]
By Jason Warick
December 4, 2009

(...) Despite Saskatchewan's image as a bastion of social equality, the separation between high- and low-income earners continues to widen. "The gap between the richest and poorest families in Saskatchewan has increased dramatically over the past generation and has mushroomed since 2000 -- during the best of economic times," former University of Regina sociology professor Paul Gingrich wrote in his study Boom and Bust: The growing income gap in Saskatchewan. According to the study, released in September, Saskatchewan's income gap is now the largest of all provinces. The richest 10 per cent of Saskatchewan families take home 28 per cent of all income, while those in the entire bottom half earned 20 per cent.(...) A growing income gap will lead to a divided society, higher crime rates and poorer overall health, Gingrich said.
Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

May 25, 2009
From the
Canadian Council on Social Development:

Poverty Reduction Policies and Programs in Saskatchewan (PDF - 461K, 33 pages)
By Bill Holden, Nicola Chapin, Carmen Dyck and Nich Frasier
Community-University Institute for Social Research

Poverty Reduction Policies and Programs
Social Development Report Series, 2009
[ Canadian Council on Social Development ]

Also from CCSD :

Poverty Reduction Policies and Programs in Canada (PDF - 341K, 29 pages)
By David I. Hay, Information Partnership

Related links : Go to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

Social Policy Research Unit (SPR) (University of Regina)
Established in 1972, the unit receives funding from the University and through various research contracts and grants. SPR conducts critical analytic research to promote social justice and enhance individual, family and community development.
- incl. links to: About SPR - What's New - Research Associates - Research Projects - Research Resources - Events - Publications
School of Social Work - University of Regina

Here are a few sample reports:

Welfare Reform and the Canada Assistance Plan:
The Breakdown of Public Welfare in Saskatchewan 1981 - 1989
(PDF - 12MB, 49 pages)
By Graham Riches and Lorelee Manning
September 1989

Winning and Losing at Welfare:
Sasaktchewan and Canada, 1981-1989
(PDF - 13.5MB, 57 pages)
By Graham Riches and Gordon Ternowetsky
September 1989
- includes three complete papers:
* Child Hunger and Family Poverty in Saskatchewan : Broadening the Debate
* Who are the Real Welfare Bums?
* Welfare Reform in Saskatchewan : Implications for the Poor, Labour and Social Work
Working paper series (browse 21 reports by title)
Social Policy Research Unit (formerly Social Administration Research Unit)
[ Faculty of Social Work ]
[ University of Regina ]

Saskatchewan child poverty report card 2006 [pdf, 8pp, 127KB]
November 24, 2006

Related Links from Campaign 2000:

Canada’s Child Poverty Levels not Budging -
New report shows child poverty “entrenched” in Canada over 25 Years

Campaign 2000
23 November 2006
The rate of child and family poverty in Canada has been stalled at 17-18% over the past 5 years despite strong economic growth and low unemployment, according to a new report by Campaign 2000.


Transitional Employment Allowance, Flat Rate Utilities,
Rental Housing Supplements and Poverty in Saskatchewan
(PDF file - 609K, 36 pages)
October 2005
"This paper examines (...) recent program changes in Saskatchewan as part of the neo-liberal response to the new global economy and its search for cheaper, more flexible labour. The province is failing to support the interests of the poor and is continuing down the path of compelling them to undertake low wage employment."


Current Issues Surrounding Poverty and Welfare Programming in Canada : Two Reviews (PDF file - 371K, 43 pages)
("Race to the Bottom: Welfare to Work Programming in Saskatchewan and its Similarities to Programming in the United States and Britain")
By Garson Hunter, Ph.D & Dionne Miazdyck, Research Assistant
August 2003
- interesting comparison of recent welfare reforms in Saskatchewan, Canada, the U.S. and Britain
- includes a bonus ten-page article entitled Low Income Cut-Offs (LICO) and Poverty Measurement (LICO, Market Basket Measure, etc.)
TIP===> the appendix to this report (pp 27-31) presents a detailed comparison of the main features of the Saskatchewan Assistance Plan (the old Saskatchewan welfare program) and the new Transitional Employment Allowance.

Saskatchewan Welfare Reform Lacks a New Vision for Social Assistance
News Release
Fraser Institute
January 16, 2003
"Saskatchewan has failed to fundamentally reform welfare and must implement major changes to reduce caseloads, increase the employment and earnings of welfare recipients, and decrease provincial spending on social services, says a new study, Welfare in Saskatchewan: A Critical Evaluation, released today by The Fraser Institute."
NOTE: The news release contains the authors' seven recommendations for reforming the delivery of social services in Saskatchewan.
For the record, I agree with and support recommendation number six - and only recommendation number six (improvement of earnings exemption provisions).

Welfare in Saskatchewan: A Critical Evaluation
Chris Schafer and Jason Clemens
Fraser Institute\
November 2002
Executive Summary -
Complete report (PDF file - 298K, 50 pages)
Source : The Fraser Institute

Even though I disagree fundamentally with the Fraser Institute's view on the "success" of welfare reforms in Saskatchewan, I feel it's important to share this information about how one faction of Canadian society feels about welfare reforms and social programs in general.

The authors state that "[S]askatchewan politicians have chosen not to more fundamentally reform the welfare system, as other Canadian jurisdictions have", referring specifically to the deep welfare cuts in Alberta (1993), Ontario (1995) and BC (2002), provinces that they offer as models for Canadian welfare reform. Ironically, the National Council of Welfare (NCW) applauded the Saskatchewan government back in 1997 for exactly the same reason in Another Look at Welfare Reform : "Compared with some other provinces, Saskatchewan had done better for its welfare recipients by doing nothing." I wrote those words myself, in my role as as principal researcher for the NCW's welfare reform report, and I'm sure that even the harshest social critics of the government of Saskatchewan wouldn't argue that point about welfare in their province in the mid-to-late 1990s.

I suspect that the difference in perspective is that the NCW represents the interests of disadvantaged Canadians while the Fraser Institute speaks for the rich and the corporations
Read about both organizations:

National Council of Welfare ("...advises the Minister [of Human Resources Development Canada] on the needs and problems of low-income Canadians and on social and related programs and policies which affect their welfare...")
Funding for the NCW : the federal government.

About the Fraser Institute - "Founded in 1974 at a time when many Canadians believed that government should be the principal source of growth and development in the economy, the Institute has helped bring about a considerable shift in public opinion in recognition of the importance of market competition."
Funding for the Institute: "The majority of the Institute’s revenues are derived from the donations of its members, and from research foundations."
(from the Institute's 2001 annual report - PDF file - 860K, 32 pages)

Saskatchewan Office - Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Related Link:

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) - National Office
"The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social and economic justice. Founded in 1980, the CCPA is one of Canada’s leading progressive voices in public policy debates. By combining solid research with extensive outreach, we work to enrich democratic dialogue and ensure Canadians know there are workable solutions to the issues we face. "

Community-University Institute for Social Research
[ University of Saskatchewan ]

"Off Welfare … Now What?": A Literature Review on the Impact of Provincial Welfare to
Work Training Programs in Saskatchewan
(PDF file - 449K, 37 pages) (dead link)
by Carmen Dyck
October 2004
Community-University Institute for Social Research
University of Saskatchewan
"This research project seeks to understand the effects of Saskatchewan's government job training programs, such as Jobs First, not only on poverty in Saskatchewan, but also on participants in these programs. The provincial government claims that job training programs have decreased the number of people living on social assistance, and while this may be true, it does not capture the realities of people who have been moved from assistance into job training programs or minimum wage full time jobs, neither of which provide an adequate sustainable income. This report gathers and evaluates the literature on welfare to work programs for both Saskatchewan and Canada. It seeks to understand the difficulty of living on assistance rates, regardless of whether they are called training benefits, transitional employment allowances, or supplementary employment benefits, as well as the reality of living on minimum wage, the differences for people in rural areas, and the disparities of these programs for women and men."

Community-University Institute for Social Research
- incl. links to : About CUISR - Research Modules - Research Series - Publications - Resource Library - Other Resources - Conferences & Seminars - Funding & Training - Employment - Search - Contact Us
[ University of Saskatchewan ]

Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence
"The Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence is one of the Centres of Excellence for Women’s Health supported by the Women’s Health Bureau of Health Canada. The Centres are dedicated to improving the health status of Canadian women by supporting policy-oriented, and community-based research and analysis on the social determinants of women’s health."

Women and Social Assistance Policy in Saskatchewan and Manitoba
May 2005
By Josephine Savarese, Department of Justice Studies, University of Regina and
Bonnie Morton, Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry
"The Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE) Research Program on Poverty and Women's Health has supported several studies that examine the links between public policy, women's poverty and women's health. In 2003, PWHCE initiated three research projects designed to examine income assistance policies in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and their effects on women's health. Reports from two of these projects were published in 2004: Don't We Count As People: Saskatchewan Social Welfare Policy and Women's Health and Surviving on Hope is Not Enough: Women's Health, Poverty, Justice and Income Support in Manitoba. These two studies were based on several focus groups held in each province and were designed to bring forward the voices and perspectives of those most directly affected by income assistance policies. As Wharf and MacKenzie have noted, 'the knowledge and experience gap between those who make policy and those who must live with the consequences is enormous.' The research helps bridge that gap by providing an important critique of income assistance policies from the perspectives of women living on welfare. The women's descriptions of their experiences reveal the inadequacy of income assistance benefits and the harmful effects on their physical and emotional health."

Complete report (PDF file - 927K, 62 pages)
NOTE: the complete report includes both studies noted above.

Don't We Count as People? Saskatchewan Social Welfare Policy and Women's Health
By M. Kerr, D. Frost, D. Bignell and Equal Justice for All.
February 2004
"(...) This project was part of a larger initiative sponsored by the Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence to examine social assistance policies in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, their impact on women's health, and women's access to justice as recipients of social assistance.
Seven focus groups were held with 43 women living on social assistance in five of the eleven administrative regions of Saskatchewan in April 2003. In focus group discussions, these women described the daily reality of their lives and the impact of social assistance policies on their physical and emotional health."
Executive Summary
Complete report (PDF file - 871K, 58 pages)

The SaskNetWork web site is about helping the people of Saskatchewan connect to the resources they need in the areas of jobs, work, education and training, career planning, self-employment, labour market information, financial help and the workplace.

List of issues to be taken up in connection with the consideration of the third periodic report of Canada : United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - Implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (June 10, 1998) 
Saskatchewan Government Response to the U.N. List of Issues

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Regina Leader-Post
Saskatoon Star-Phoenix
University of Regina
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Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA)



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