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.


Bird's eye view of tent city Maytree Conversations - Advocacy, leadership, courage: What we learned from Super InTent City

Super InTent City (SIC), a movement led by homeless people in Victoria, B.C., can claim an important victory – every single resident of SIC now has the option of a home indoors. In this blog post, Stephen Portman from Together Against Poverty Society tells the story of SIC and calls on us to be prepared for the next push to realize housing as basic human right.

Let's Talk Housing cover Let’s Talk Housing Community Conversations: A discussion guide to support local community conversations

Maytree, in partnership with United Way Centraide-Canada and the Lived Experience Advisory Council, has developed this community discussion guide to facilitate the inclusion of people with diverse housing needs in the Let’s Talk Housing consultation process.

AlanSpotlight Maytree Opinion, August 2016
The housing and transit budget shell game

Across Canada in our cities, mayors and councillors want the federal and provincial governments to pay for big-ticket city needs like affordable housing and transit, while at the same time posing as the friend of the taxpayer by keeping local taxes low. By refusing to develop new revenue sources and insisting on “trimming the fat” instead, municipal politicians are playing a dangerous budget shell game.

busy_subway_car_spotlight Maytree Newsletter – August 2016

Read about the upcoming Five Good Ideas season, why we recommend to index the Canada Child benefit to inflation and how to reach out to the media to get your stories told. Plus: upcoming conferences, new publications and research, news from our partners and more in this month’s newsletter.

Sketch of ideal neighbourhood - iStockphoto Transformative conversations about social housing

Many are talking about social housing – and the wide range of the conversations might surprise you. In this blog post, Jay Pitter, co-editor of Subdivided, an anthology exploring inclusive city-building, shares three powerful, transformative conversations she has had with social housing leaders about social privilege, shared leadership, local knowledge and systemic change. 

basic_income_spotlight Policy brief: Would a universal basic income reduce poverty?

This policy brief looks to make sense of the competing visions of basic income, what proposed solutions are on the table, how much they would cost and how those proposals differ from what we have today.


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.

Five Good Ideas about leading your organization in a time of disruption

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 – with Andrea Barrack Cohen, CEO, Ontario Trillium Foundation

Five Good Ideas: Evaluation in disruptive times

Friday, November 18, 2016 – with Mark Cabaj, President of From Here to There and an Associate of Tamarack

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

Quick Links

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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