Ottawa's Poverty Challenge for Civic Leaders

Saturday, May 12, 2018 / 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. / University of Ottawa

Ottawa's Poverty Challenge for Civic Leaders was a massive collaboration and a huge success. Civic leaders from business, government, education, healthcare, and the non-profit sector participated in the full day simulation to better understand poverty in Ottawa. Jesse Thistle, best-selling author and advocate for the homeless, was the guest speaker.

This event was run and supported by: Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa, Impact Hub Ottawa, A Way Home Ottawa, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, The Ottawa Mission, Parkdale Food Centre, The United Way and The University of Ottawa.

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Greater Sudbury Poverty Challenge

December 2018 / Sudbury Public Health

In December 2018, Public Health Sudbury & Districts hosted a one-day poverty simulation event called the Greater Sudbury Poverty Challenge. The event was held in partnership with the Partners to End Poverty steering committee, which includes agencies across Greater Sudbury that provide guidance to the Circles Sudbury poverty reduction initiative. The event was designed to raise awareness about the realities of living in poverty and to reaffirm the commitment to poverty reduction. You can read their report online.

Participant testimonials

  • “Modelling the event after the lives of real people made the challenge much more meaningful. It was great to have individuals with lived experiences participate in the event, as it made the challenge less theoretical and more focused on actual struggles in our City (some of which may have otherwise gone unnoticed).”
  • “All we are doing is helping people cope, we are not changing or improving the system.”
  • “Life focus was in accessing services instead of living your life.”
  • “The life that you are living is parked as you try to get all of these supports.