Homelessness in Saskatoon City


Homelessnessin Saskatoon City

Descriptionof homelessness in Saskatchewan province

Thecontemporary epoch is experiencing a tremendous growth in urbancenters due to increased industrialization. According toEchenberg &amp Jensen(2012), in the global era, sustainability of urban cities requires anintensive community anchoring that is able to create room forinnovation and civic engagement .Canada is undeniably one of thecountries in the world that have experienced the complex predicamentof homelessness. In 2008, the homeless population in Canada wasestimated at 200,000. Within the context of sustainability in cities,communities need to ensure that they apply the principles ofsustainable development in urban life (Roseland,1991).According to Canada’s demographic departments, apparently,Saskatchewan province is witnessing an increase in street children,drug and substance abuse, homelessness and crimes in most of itscities. The intent of this paper is to examine the predicament ofhomelessness in Saskatoon city as a contemporary issue that isimpacting greatly on the lives of people in the city.

Accordingto Gleason,Perry, &amp Myers(2011), in the recent past, homelessness in Saskatoon city has becomea major concern not only in Canada but also across the globe. Since1997, homelessness in the city has grown tremendously in terms ofsize. According toLeo &amp August(2010), Canada’s demographic profile of the homeless population ischanging. Though the problem has been a major crisis in Canada since9thcentury, homelessness in Saskatoon city has hit new records. SinceSaskatchewan is a mining province, its cities including Saskatoonhave been experiencing a high influx of people into the province insearch of jobs. Reliable sources contend that the vast majority ofthe homeless population consists of men and children accompanied bythe youth (Leo&amp August, 2010).This implies that unemployment instigates this menace. Homelessnessin the city has been attributed to numerous factors such as lack oflow income housing, poverty and unemployment. Homelessness inSaskatoon has been described as both absolute and relative. AccordingtoLeo &amp August(2010), Saskatoon is composed of people who live entirely without anyphysical shelter as well as those who live in poor conditions ofsecurity and health despite the temporary physical shelters that theymight be residing in. In a report released in 2013 by the Canadiangovernment, 4200 people in Saskatoon were subject to both absoluteand relative homelessness.

Whyhomelessness in Saskatoon is important

Homelessnessin Saskatoon is an important subject since it has instigated socialupheavals such as crimes, overpopulation, terrorism and povertyacross the city. The Canadian government is investing lot money in anissue that can be solved by expanding the industrial sector in therural areas of the state in order to reduce rural urban migration. Itherefore found the issue awfully important since it needs immediatestrategies to be solved.

Rationalefor the topic

Itherefore found the issue interesting because it is a contemporarysubject that is taking new trends with each passing day. Despite thepersistence of the subject, it is clear that there are authenticsolutions to this predicament.


Accordingto Gleason,Perry &amp Myers(2011), homelessness in Saskatoon city can only be addressed throughoffering people affordable housing, adequate incomes and providingsupport services to the people. Some of the possible immediatesolutions are, providing those under absolute homelessness withsocial housing. Charitable institutions, religious organizations aswell the government institutions should step in and provide thehomeless population with donations and job opportunities in order toreduce their vulnerability.

Miningindustries should also strive to provide adequate and favorable wagesto the workers to enable them afford houses (Gleason,Perry &amp Myers, 2011).

Ina nut shell, homelessness in Saskatoon is a menace that has remainedunaddressed over the years. It is therefore the right time Canadiangovernment takes the initiative to salvage this homeless population.


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Gleason,M., Perry, A., &amp Myers, T. (2011). RethinkingCanada.Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford University Press.

Leo,C., &amp August, M. (2010). Thefederal government and homelessness.Winnipeg, Man.: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Roseland,M. (1992). Towardsustainable communities.[Vancouver]: University of British Columbia, Canada.