Living on the Edge: Taking a Look at Poverty

Empathy is the first step

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

A unique group experience for adults designed to provide a glimpse into the frustrations and barriers facing families living in poverty in Winnipeg.

What’s Living on the Edge all about?

What happens at a poverty simulation?

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.

Experience it

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.
Arrange a poverty simulation for your group or organization now.

Experience It

Or give us a call at 204-477-5360.


Looking for ways to make a difference but don’t have a lot of time? Play an important role bringing Living on the Edge to life by acting as one of our simulated community service representatives. It takes about 4 hours & 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 prep required.


Or give us a call at 204-477-5360.

“Be kind, for every person you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”

—Ian MacLaren

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