The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult for people to access basic needs like food, shelter, and personal hygiene items. The latest MNP Consumer Debt Index compiled in March 2020 shows that nearly 6 in 10 Albertans are teetering on the brink of insolvency, meaning they are less than $200 away from not being able to pay all their bills each month. According to the 211 Alberta Data Dashboard, basic needs has been identified as one of the top reasons for 211 COVID-19-related contacts.
The first digital poverty simulation tool in Canada, MaketheMonth.ca, provides an online experience and understanding of what it is like to live as a single person, a single parent, or a family of four on the poverty line in Calgary, as well as multiple locations across Canada.
During this one-hour virtual session, a United Way of Calgary and Area facilitator will outline the dimensions of vulnerability and how the elements of income, employment, and support networks influence challenging decisions that individuals and families living with limited resources can face in their daily lives as they experience poverty’s wraparound causes and effects.
As you experience the life of a single mother and ten year old child living on a low-income in Calgary, the simulation presents you with difficult, real-life scenarios and requires you to make tough decisions on whether to spend your limited budget or whether to go without. You will also learn about the resources and supports that exist for people in your community, as you live paycheque to paycheque and try to #makethemonth.