Poverty affects many Canadians. This system map focuses on poverty levels in Canadian provinces and territories and the alleviation that a guaranteed livable wage would provide. The housing crisis, food insecurity, and livable wages are interconnected issues. Every province and territory in Canada is affected differently, with varying factors influencing the true magnitude of the struggle. The system map depicts distinctions between low income, housing needs, and food insecurity.
Although progress has been made, approximately 17.8% of the Canadian population is still on the line of poverty. The system map visualizes the effects of poverty, such as housing needs and food insecurity as factors that negatively affect Canadians. The system maps explain the need for livable wages as a solution to extensive poverty throughout Canada. The livable wage is based on a household with two children and is calculated to cover bills such as utilities, mortgage, food, necessities and leaving a small budget for recreation and excess goods. Through a guaranteed livable wage for Canadians, we would be able to provide a wage big enough to solve the issue of low income, housing needs, and food insecurity.