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.


Dave Meslin and Chris Cowperthwaite The art of building a team for social change

Social and political entrepreneur Dave Meslin talked with Groundforce founder Chris Cowperthwaite about the art of using the “massive power of the masses” to build strong and engaged teams of people working towards social change.

Children and butterflies - iStockphoto Protecting children: moving from a focus on immediate needs to acknowledging rights

The International Convention on the Rights of the Child has received unprecedented international support. Yet many efforts to protect children respond only to immediate needs rather than rights. International Human Rights Consultant Amaya Renobales discusses needs- and rights-based approaches to protecting children, and why she is hopeful for children in care in Ontario.

Noah Zon Maytree Opinion, June 2016
Less red tape for business, why not people?

We have made it a full-time job to be poor. To make it through the obstacle course of applications and regulations to access the supports and services that people are entitled to takes time and money that people don’t have. In this Maytree Opinion, our Director of Policy and Research, Noah Zon argues that we should expand red tape reduction efforts for businesses to cover red tape for people.

iStockphoto - heads and ideas Maytree Newsletter – June 2016

Upcoming conferences, new toolkits and publications, our work on housing, news from our partners and more in this month’s newsletter.

Canada flag and parliament buildings Social Policy and Social Rights in Canada: Historical Reflections

In this article, Bruce Porter traces Canada’s legislative progress following the federal government’s ratification of the two Covenants that codified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 40 years ago – the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Youth Rights report cover New guide applies human rights to address youth homelessness

By grounding strategies in international human rights law, the guide aims to encourage and assist policy-makers, front-line workers, researchers and others to embrace a human rights approach to ending youth homelessness worldwide.


Community Change Institute

September 26-30 – The inaugural Community Change Institute by the Tamarack Institute is designed to be a truly transformational learning experience, bringing you the latest in community change with top speakers, an amazing faculty and over 40 workshops.

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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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