What is a United Way Poverty Simulation?

A Poverty Simulation is a unique and powerful experience which challenges perceptions, changes perspectives and strengthens understanding and empathy.

Participants experience a full range of encounters, obstacles and challenges, while trained volunteers populate the simulation as business owners, teachers, police officers, agency workers, service providers and government employees.

The simulation replicates a month in the life of a family living in poverty. The ultimate mission of each of these families is to provide food, shelter and other basic needs with a limited income.

Participate in a Poverty Simulation

We invite you to take a bold step: walk a mile in the shoes of someone living in poverty.

Register for one of the open to the community poverty simulations.

All simulations are held at the Food Annex (11434-120 Street)

8:30am participant registration and coffee

9:00am – 11:30am simulation and discussion

2019 Dates

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019

For more information on participating in a poverty simulation, please contact Judy Batty at 780.443.8384 or email jbatty@myunitedway.ca

Can't make it to a simulation? Try to Make the Month with the digital poverty simulation now.

United to change perspectives on poverty.

Make the Month is an interactive digital poverty simulation that enables Canadians to experience living in poverty and face decisions that will either make or break the month. This interactive experience shows Canadians the realities of surviving day-to-day, paycheque-to-paycheque and the impact that has on your overall well-being.

United Ways from across Canada partnered to create a digital poverty simulation for all Canadians. This simulation enables people from across Canada to experience the challenges and decisions low-income Canadians must make every day in order to make it through one month.