A report by the University of Regina’s Faculty of Social Work has found nearly one in every four children in Saskatchewan is living below the poverty line.
The report, Child and Family Poverty in Saskatchewan, states over 64-thousand children in Saskatchewan were living in poverty in 2015. And the numbers are more alarming for Aboriginal families, where one in every two children are below the poverty line.
Co-author and Associate Professor Garson Hunter says poverty has been an issue for a long time in the province.
“Saskatchewan has always hovered around this level,” Hunter said. “Last year it was 24.6. This year it’s 24.1. When we look at the data over time – Saskatchewan has always been around this level.”
The report is not recommending current governments take action on poverty, but instead wants advocacy groups and faith groups to step up and raise awareness of the poverty gap.
He says they have called on the province to take action for years, but nothing has changed.