Problems And Challenges Of Poverty

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PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES OF POVERTY IN SASKATCHEWAN
Literally, poverty is a condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor1. It is a multi-faceted issue that include problems regarding income, cost-of-living, health and social cohesion1. Poverty affects multiple group of persons in the society and no one is immune to its consequences. Overtime, there has been a strong association between poverty and many health conditions such as chronic diseases (diabetes, heart disease), injuries, stress, anxiety, depression, and untimely deaths2.
In Saskatchewan, poverty still remains a menace despite the provincial economic growth over the years. This improvement in the economy of the province has not been equally beneficial to all residents due to the rising costs of living, making it extremely difficult for families in low-income groups to meet their basic needs3. In 2010, the poverty rate in Saskatchewan was 10.1% which is higher than Canada’s overall poverty rate (8.4%)4. About 99,000 people were affected by poverty, and the child poverty rate was the third highest provincial rate across Canada4. Also in 2010, 11.7% of all children under the age of 18 (approximately 30,000 children) were living below the poverty line4.
The most vulnerable people affected by poverty are individuals with low or no income earnings particularly Saskatchewan indigenous people, single mothers, children, seniors, people living with disabilities and recent…

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