Child poverty rates in Saskatchewan are among the highest in the country says a new report released by the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of Regina.

Based on 2017 data — the latest available from Statistics Canada — over 72,200 children in the province between the ages of zero and 17 are considered poor as defined by the United Nations.

With 26.2 per cent of Saskatchewan children being poor, the province has the third-highest poverty rate in Canada, behind the Territory of Nunavut at 31.2 per cent and Manitoba at 27.9 per cent.