03/17/2016 04:00 EDT | Updated 03/18/2017 01:12 EDT

Anti-poverty groups want political parties addressing their concerns in campaign

Anti-poverty groups in Saskatchewan are going public with a list of issues they want to see political parties addressing on the campaign trail.

First among them is raising the minimum payment for people on social assistance.

Currently, the minimum payment under Saskatchewan's assistance programs is just $455 a month.

While that does increase based on utility rates, location, number of children or disabilities, anti-poverty groups say it is not enough to live on.

They would also like to hear more from candidates on issues such as raising the minimum wage, providing more affordable housing, and more affordable child care options.

On Wednesday, NDP Leader Cam Broten said he wants to make post-secondary education more affordable by offering students scholarships and cutting student debt.

Saskatchewan Party Leader Brad Wall talked about equalization payments, saying he wants Saskatchewan to get at least $570 million in new funding in next week's federal budget.

(CTV Regina, The Canadian Press)


The Canadian Press