The Social Policy Research Unit at the University of Regina has just released its report card on child and family poverty in the province. Paul Gingrich and Fiona Douglas - the study's authors - report some troubling findings:
• In 2007, there were 35,000 (16.7%) children under age 18 living beneath the poverty line (before-tax Low Income Cut-off) in Saskatchewan.
• Saskatchewan has the third highest provincial child poverty rate.
• 45% of Aboriginal children live in low-income families.
• More than one in three immigrant children are poor.
• 20% of children spent three or more years in poverty, exceeding the national average of 15%.
• One-third of poor children live in families with full-time, full-year employment.