Plan unveiled to slash Sask. poverty in half by 2025

REGINA - The Saskatchewan government has unveiled a plan that it hopes will reduce the number of people in poverty by 50 per cent by the end of 2025.

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Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer says coming up with a poverty strategy was challenging because there are so many roots causes, such as a low level of education and health issues.

The 35-page report released Wednesday recaps many of the programs that the Saskatchewan Party has introduced since taking power in 2007.

It also lays out future initiatives, such as expanding housing, making it easier for people to find child care so parents can go back to work and improving access to health care in vulnerable neighbourhoods.

However, the report says many of those will be done when the province's fiscal capacity allows, and Premier Brad Wall has already said the government will run a deficit this fiscal year and next.

Saskatchewan currently has the second lowest poverty rate in Canada at 10.6 per cent.



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