Welcome to the Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry

The Existence Of Poverty Is Shameful!
To Be Poor Is Not!

We advocate with and for people living in poverty.
We strive to educate and create systemic change.

 Question: What is the face of poverty?
The Answers:   

  • Poverty is associated with a host of health risks, including elevated rates of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, infant mortality, mental illness, undernutrition, lead poisoning, asthma, and dental problems.                   

  • Regina point-in-time count of individuals experiencing homelessness :     286 in 2018, and 488 in September 2021:  https://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/report-regina-sees-increase-in-homelessness                                                                                                                                                            
  • According to Stats Canada, the poverty line for a single person living in Regina is approximately $22,500 a year. A person on SIS gets $10,320 a year, less than half that amount. For people in rural areas, the amounts given are even less, even though rural areas are generally no cheaper to live in overall.
  • In 2018 the poverty rate for children and adults living in couple families was eight per cent. But 48 per cent of children living in female lone-parent families were poor.
    From Poverty in Saskatchewan: http://uregina.ca/~gingrich/skp2018r.pdf
  • Low income people – especially the homeless – are more likely to be held in detention once they are arrested and charged by the police.
    Poverty and Criminal Justice System Go hand in hand: https://johnhoward.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/counter-point-1-poverty-and-crime-is-there-a-connection.pdf
  • Poverty is not just about money, it’s about being excluded from community life.
    From Poverty Free Saskatchewan Information on Poverty: https://povertyfreesask.ca/.                                                                                        
  • Poverty costs. It is very expensive. For example, according to the World Health Organization, poverty is the single largest determinant of health. Thus poverty places a huge burden, not only on the health of people living in poverty, but also on the healthcare and policing systems. According to a 2019 study, if Saskatchewan spent $540 million in social assistance the province would reduce the estimated $3.8 billion a year  cost of poverty – to only one-seventh the cost.