Maytree is committed to advancing systemic solutions to poverty and strengthening civic communities.

We take a human rights approach to addressing the systems that create poverty with the ultimate goal of having social and economic rights safeguarded for all people living in Canada.

Our work supports leaders, organizations and civic communities by developing and sharing knowledge; strengthening learning and leading; and mobilizing action to further social and economic rights.


Hadley and Noah Maytree Opinion, Nov. 2016
A Housing Benefit should be a cornerstone of the new National Housing Strategy

Hadley Nelles and Noah Zon argue that a National Housing Benefit can be an efficient, flexible and responsive way to address housing need, and puts power and choice where they belong – in people’s hands.

Hand blocking dominoes (iStockphoto) Five Good Ideas: Evaluation in disruptive times

Watch Mark Cabaj, President of From Here to There and an Associate of Tamarack, as he presents his Five Good Ideas on how evaluation can strengthen an organization’s ability to navigate and thrive in disruption.

photo: painted fence - courtesy of Tamarack Parkdale and the People’s Economy Project

On a walking tour through Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood, Kirsti Battista of the Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement looks at examples of what committed groups of citizens are doing to support lower-income members of this vibrant inner-city neighbourhood.

Maytree National Housing Strategy submission cover Foundations for a National Housing Strategy

Maytree’s submission to the Let’s Talk Housing consultation focuses on defining what we mean by housing that meets the needs of everyone in Canada. We propose that, at a minimum, this means that housing choices guarantee affordability, quality and security. This submission highlights promising policy and investments opportunities to help achieve this goal.

What_We_Heard_spotlight What we heard: Community conversations

Maytree, in partnership with United Way Centraide Canada and the Lived Experience Advisory Council set out to engage people who face housing barriers or have experienced homelessness in an in-person “community conversation” process. This submission to the Let’s Talk Housing consultation is a compilation of themes and trends that emerged from community conversations that took place across the country.

Multi-tasking parents (iStockphoto) Backgrounder: Benefits and leaves for parents

The federal government’s consultation on maternity and parental leaves and benefits is an opportunity for us to have a conversation about how well we support families to have childcare choices and stay connected to the labour market. This backgrounder looks at our system today, how it could be improved, and the government’s proposed changes.


Five Good Ideas about the power of ideas

Monday, December 5, 2016 – Special Five Good Ideas event to celebrate the 100th session and power of good ideas at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon

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The Five Good Ideas Book

Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success features a collection of the best ideas from past Five Good Ideas sessions. We’re sure that you’ll find the book a handy quick-reference guide.

Read about it and buy your copy today.

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