Saskatchewan

Saskatoon advocacy group may shut down this fall

A Saskatoon advocacy group says it may be forced to close its doors by the end of September, as it is not receiving any more provincial funding.

Equal Justice For All blames closure on funding cut

A Saskatoon advocacy group says it may be forced to close its doors by the end of September, as it is not receiving any more provincial funding.

Equal Justice For All has been advocating for disadvantaged and low-income individuals, free of charge, for 27 years.

It has provided support to those who having problems with social services and housing programs.

But the organization has had its funding cut, and the province has said it will not reverse its decision on the matter.

"The government wants disabled people to go out and volunteer and do what they can, and here's an organization that provides that — [and] also provides work skills — and yet we're not important enough to have core funding," Roberta Fehr, the group's executive coordinator, told CBC News.

Fehr warned that the funding cut will hurt those who need help the most.

"We totally understand what the client is going through, and so we can alleviate some of that by not having to go to these appeals by doing the mediation with social services so that that stress is not on their life," she said.

Government officials say rather than funding Equal Justice for All, it will give money directly to individuals who want to appeal.