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What is The Poverty Challenge?

The Poverty Challenge is an intensive one-day summit on poverty. This event provides experiential learning about living in poverty and about poverty reduction. Afterwards, you may wonder, “now what?”


Experience poverty as it is

by assuming the role of a person living in poverty with particular challenges and responsibilities. For example, you are a single mother of 3. After losing your  job, you are evicted from your apartment. Your challenges are to feed your family, find alternative housing, and seek a job or  support from Ontario Works.

Navigate the system in a real-world simulation

by seeking help from local agencies. Do your best to succeed by providing the necessary answers, information and documentation. If you are not successful, you must find another way for you and your family to survive.

Become an agent of social change

by acting on what you have learned.



You can reach The Poverty Challenge at

Experience poverty as it is