Programs for Families
Benefits for People with Children
In Canada, all families can receive money to help raise their children who are 18 years old or younger. Everyone with children under the age of six can receive the Universal Child Care Benefit.
Activities and Programs for Children
Many communities have public parks with swings, slides and wading pools, where children play. Parents usually stay with their younger children when they play in a park. Some cities and towns have a time (curfew) when children cannot be in the park and should be at home. In the summer, parks in larger centers have day programs for children.
Many programs and special-interest clubs for children and young adults are year-round in most communities. Depending where you live, there might be programs for sports, gymnastics, martial arts, music and art, ethnic dancing, singing, reading and religion. Most of the activities take place after school, Saturdays, or evenings. Many cost money to join.
Besides the ones that cost money, free library programs and many community events are available for children. These may be advertised at the library and in local newspapers. In some communities, lower-income families can get a leisure services card that lets adults and children swim, use a gym and take in exercise sessions for free.
In cities, children's programs are advertised in Leisure Services Guides that are delivered to your mail-box and "Coming Events" are published in newspapers. In smaller centers, you might find them advertised in local newspapers or on public bulletin boards.
Programs for Women and Women's Rights
Many women in Saskatchewan study and work outside the home. They also drive cars and often share tasks of child-raising and housework. They have the same rights, legal status and opportunities as men; the position of women in the province is supported by Saskatchewan's Status of Women Office.
In Saskatchewan one out of seven people are seniors (65 years old or older). Many seniors have active exercise programs and volunteer in many community organizations. They are an active part of Saskatchewan communities, often with their own meeting places and special events.
If you are a senior, in order to get discounts, you need to carry Personal Identification (ID) that gives proof of your age.