If you were forced to live in poverty, how well could you stretch your dollar? Would you be able to make it to the end of the month with money to spare? These are the questions United Way is posing to people all across Canada.
The United Way’s Make the Month campaign launched this week in Edmonton. It challenges Canadians to put themselves in the shoes of those living in poverty.
One in 10 Canadians lives in poverty, with each city posing different challenges. In the Capital Region alone, there are about 120,000 people – 40,000 children – who live in poverty. So, could you do it?
The United Way has set up an online tool that simulates the limited budget many Canadians struggle with to meet life’s basic needs for one month.
The test first asks Canadians to select the city nearest to them. Then they’re asked to simulate the life of a single person, a single-parent family or a two-parent family.
Once you choose, you’re given an amount of money to start out the month. The lump sum for a single person living in Edmonton, for example, is $1,170. A two-parent family in Edmonton starts the month with $2,229.