Research Assistant
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK
Research Assistant (req5242)

The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority.

Department: Community-University Institute for Social Research (CUISR)
Location: Saskatoon
Status: Casual
Employment Group: Graduate Students - PSAC
Posted Date: 11/20/2019
Closing Date: 11/29/2019
Number of Openings: 2

Rate of Pay: $20.04 per hour (graduate student rate of pay)
Required Number of Hours: approximately 4 hours per week, up to 165 hours each
Duration of Employment: December 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020
Duties: In the appointment of Research Assistant, your general duties and responsibilities will be as follows:

Complete literature review and environmental scan of income assistance programs
Help organize community information session
Coordinate communication of research with the public and collate and interpret feedback
Catalogue and assemble data on income and its determinants in Saskatoon
Analyze relevant quantitative and qualitative data
Draft report and working papers that detail analysis and findings from the review, scan, analysis, and consultations
Participate in partnership development and dissemination activities

You will report to Supervising research team Charles Plante, Colleen Christopherson-Cote, Dr. Isobel Findlay, Dr. Suresh Kalagnanam

Research Project: How Can Canada’s New Official Poverty Line Serve the Needs of our Community.

Description: In 2018, the Government of Canada announced its first poverty reduction strategy, entitled Opportunity for All – Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy. The strategy commits to the following: by 2020, reducing the poverty rate by 20 percent from its 2015 level, and by 2030, reducing the poverty rate by 50 percent from its 2015 level (GoC 2018). In order to track the nation’s progress toward these targets, the strategy names a new Official Poverty Line.

In the context of Saskatoon, it is unclear whether the poverty reduction targets and timelines set by the federal government meet the ambitions of our community. Likewise, it is unclear whether the new Official Poverty Line is an effective indicator of poverty in Saskatoon. Does it reflect the needs and local experiences of poverty in our community? The Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership (SPRP) in partnership with CUISR will use research and evidence to bring greater clarity to how Canada’s new Official Poverty Line may serve community needs.

The project will address key questions about the efficacy of Canada’s new Official Poverty Line:

Carrying out a community information session about the new Official Poverty Line
Detailing how the Official Poverty Line is calculated for Saskatoon and assessing its strengths and weaknesses
Completing environmental scan of data sources that can be used to inform local cost of living calculations
Proposing an adjusted poverty line for Saskatoon that takes into account local costs of living and availability of services
Distributing key findings of study among stakeholders and the public.

Registered University of Saskatchewan graduate student in a relevant field of study
Strong quantitative and/or qualitative research skills
Demonstrated skills in report writing
Familiarity with diverse stakeholder groups
Exceptional oral and written communication skills
Ability to work independently, following timelines, and meeting project expectations

To Apply:
Interested applicants must include the following in their application: cover letter, curriculum vitae, and academic writing sample (ideally a published paper or report but can also be a term paper) via email to: Joanne Hritzuk, CUISR Administrative Coordinator, email no later than November 29, 2019
Inquiries about the research project to Charles Plante, CUISR Research Associate at

Where a graduate student is appointed to this position, it will be in scope of PSAC.


The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. The University must, however, comply with federal immigration requirements. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.