A Walk In Other’s Shoes

The 6th annual Poverty Challenge – A Walk In Other’s Shoes is underway, running February 16th-21st, 2016.

Participants have been asked to attempt to stay within a social assistance benefits’ budget. A single person on Ontario Works would receive $305 per month, $10.00 per day, or $50.00 for the five-day period. A couple would receive $468 per month, allowing a daily budget of $15.60 or $78.00 for five days. The budget includes all food and drink, entertainment, some personal supplies and transportation costs. Each participant will be given a daily challenge card, which will reveal an additional challenge to be completed before the end of each day. The participants will experience some of the hurdles that people living on social assistance face. It is hoped that the event will raise awareness and break barriers for people living in poverty.

Craig Bryant, co-chair of the Kenora Substance Abuse and Mental Health Task Force, has taken on the challenge. You can read about his experience through his blog on the website:

2016 Povert Challenge website