• "From Poverty to Possibility…and Prosperity" A Community Leadership Challenge

  • A foremost social and economic challenge in our community is poverty. Although many Saskatoon residents enjoy a high quality of life, an unacceptable number live in vulnerable circumstances that undermine their personal well-being and limit their participation in community life.
  • Poverty does not affect only the poor; it exacts a toll on all of us in terms of health, safety and community economic growth. Despite a growing economy and significant efforts to reduce poverty over the past 15 years, Saskatoon has made little headway.
  • Our community is not alone in this struggle – there is mounting evidence in Canada and the U.S. indicating that services meant to improve the life prospects of the poor are often ineffective. A key reason for this is that these services are often fragmented and are targeted interventions that address the needs of particular groups. While these efforts are important, we also need to focus on population-wide interventions and the underlying issues creating poverty. This involves addressing the root causes, not just the symptoms. Poverty is a complex issue that requires more than piecemeal strategies from various organizations working on isolated aspects contributing to poverty. Since a different approach is clearly needed, a partnership of key agencies and groups in Saskatoon formed in 2010 with a focus on bringing people together in a city-wide, multi-sectoral effort to reduce poverty.
  • The Language of Poverty

  • Profile of Poverty in Saskatoon

  • What You Need to Know

  • Check out our latest newsletters!

    Click here to download the SPRP June 2013 newsletter.

    Click here to download the SPRP May 2013 newsletter.

    Click here to download the SPRP April 2013 newsletter.

    Click here to download the SPRP March 2013 newsletter.


  • 2012-2013 Highlights

  • The Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership developed a 2012-2013 work plan to guide our focus over the course of the year, and outline key priorities and deliverables to have an impact in our community. Highlights 2012-2013, illustrates our achievements, but recognizes there is much more to do. Our collective efforts would not be possible without the mutual acknowledgement, support, and engagement from our community.
  • 2012-2013 SPRP Highlights

  • Targeted Interventions: An investigation into various policies to reduce income-related health disparities in Saskatoon

    Thank you to the University of Saskatchewan's Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy Students' Association 'POLICY SHOP' for the resources they produced for SPRP. The Policy Shop formed as a student consulting group that provides pro bono work to community groups in Saskatoon seeking additional policy capacity including free research, analytic and strategic services. SPRP is so fortunate to have entered into a working partnership with the only Policy Shop of its kind in Canada.

    An investigation into various policies to reduce income-related health disparities in Saskatoon - Summary

    An investigation into various policies to reduce income-related health disparities in Saskatoon - Report


  • Plan to End Homelessness Charrette
    May 13 and 14 – TCU Place 35 22nd Street East: Register by May 3rd!

    Download the Charrette Invitation Overview.

    Download the event registration form.


  • Mobilize! For our Community's Wellbeing

    Monday, May 13th Station20West 6:30pm Featuring... Laurel Rothman, National Coordinator of Campaign 2000 (child and family poverty advocate), Ed Buller, member of Canadian Council for Determinants of Health and an Indigenous leader, and Connie Clement the Scientifque Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health.

    Download the event poster


  • Urban Aboriginal Strategy Call for proposals

    The 2013/2014 Call for Applications is now open. Deadline for applications is Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Downlaod the Application, and you can also Download the UAS Application Guide.


  • Download and Print Our Act Now Poster

    Click here to download our poster that outlines "What can people do to reduce poverty in Saskatoon".


  • October 11, 2012: SPRP releases its 2012-2013 work plan

    The three priorities for the year are ending homelessness, engaging business and faith communities and strengthening poverty reduction involvement and collaboration with Aboriginal services. Find out more about the activities and initiatives of the SPRP by downloading the SPRP work plan for 2012-2013.


  • September 24th, 2012: Call for Volunteers

    On September 24, 2012, the United Way of Saskatoon and Area, in partnership with the Housing First Task Force and community based agencies, shelters and volunteers will rally to conduct the 2012 Homeless Count. Approximately 100 volunteers are needed to conduct the count. Volunteers will work in teams to collect survey information at shelters, transition houses and in designated outdoor areas. For more information contact (306) 975-1571 or jbraden@unitedwaysaskatoon.ca.


  • September – November 2011

    The SPRP met with key stakeholders to get feedback on the draft Community Action Plan.


  • September 19, 2011

    Janice Braden starts her role as Partnership and Strategy Development Coordinator for the Saskatoon Regional Intersectoral Committee (RIC) who will be working closely with the SPRP. This term position is co-funded by the United Way of Saskatoon & Area and Saskatchewan's Health Services Integration Forum.


  • September 15, 2011

    The SPRP discussed progress on the development of the Community Action Plan with the Saskatoon Intersectorial Committee (RIC) and public launch of the Action Plan in later 2011.

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