Station 20 West - A message from the SHCA president

Why we need Station 20 West

Limited access to healthy food

Many residents do not own a car. There has been no local grocery store serving the residents of Riversdale, King George and Pleasant Hill for more than ten years. People sometimes must depend on convenience stores and gas stations that offer a limited number of food items at higher prices.

Health disparity

  • Only 44% of children under the age of 2 were being immunized in Saskatoon’s core neighborhoods in 2006 compared to 91% in Saskatoon’s five most affluent neighborhoods (SHR, Health Disparity Report, 2006)
  • At the time that the Health Disparity Report was released in November 2006, there were no public health clinics located in any of the city’s inner city neighborhoods.

Income disparity

  • According to Census figures the unemployment rate for the core west side neighborhoods in Saskatoon in 2006 was 50 percent above the national average
  • Unemployment is particularly high among Aboriginal people and youth.
  • 44% of people living in the core neighborhoods live below Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) compared to 17.7 percent for Saskatoon as a whole.
  • In Saskatoon in 2006, 27.4% of children under the age of six lived below the pre-tax LICO.
  • Many fewer people own their own homes in the core neighborhoods compared to the rest of the city. In the core neighborhoods, 49 percent of the population rent compared to 38 percent in the city as a whole.

Help shape Saskatoon's future; your tax-receiptable donation is a sustainable investment for your community.

- Andrew Koehn.