Experience Living on the Edge poverty simulation

Through a poverty simulation you can walk a metaphorical mile in the lives of Winnipeggers experiencing poverty.

United Way Winnipeg regularly works with experts, leading organizations and community members to gather and share information that can build knowledge and influence real and lasting change in our city. One of our newest tools in this pursuit is the Living on the Edge poverty simulation.

Living on the Edge: Taking a Look at Poverty is a unique group experience designed to provide a glimpse into what life might be like for families living in low-income situations. Participants are placed in family units and provided with a summary of their financial situation. The two to three-hour simulation is divided into four short “weeks” during which families perform day-to-day tasks like sending children to school or childcare, getting to or finding work, paying bills, visiting social services, buying groceries, cashing cheques and more. Following the simulation, participants have an opportunity to share and discuss what they learned and felt during a facilitated debrief.

Participate in a poverty simulation

Join groups from business, government and education who’ve already experienced the powerful impact of a Living on the Edge poverty simulation. It’s an ideal team-building exercise for groups of 40 to 80 who are seeking unique opportunities to enhance tolerance, compassion and empathy among their members or workforce.
For more information or to arrange a poverty simulation for your group or organization, contact United Way of Winnipeg by calling 204-477-5360, or email lote@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca.


Looking for ways to make a difference but don’t have a lot of time? You can play an important role in bringing Living on the Edge poverty simulations to life by playing a role as one of our simulated community service representatives. Requiring approximately four hours for each simulation, it’s the perfect opportunity to enhance your interpersonal, leadership and communication skills while helping people in our community understand the realities of poverty.

No experience, previous knowledge or preparation required.

For more information, contact United Way of Winnipeg by calling 204-477-5360, or email lote@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca.