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.


Rights on paper - iStockphoto Economic and social rights: What are they?

Economic and social rights are those human rights that relate to our ability to live in dignity and participate fully in our society. They include rights related to the workplace, social security, and access to housing, food, water, health care and education.

Maytree's new look New focus, new look, new direction

Maytree’s logo and tagline have changed. Our communications pieces, such as the website, newsletter and letterhead, have a new look. Our new tagline – Poverty • Rights • Change – signals the next phase in Maytree’s evolution.

Alan Broadbent at Connecting for Change Maytree Opinion, April 2016: Poverty is constructed – it can be un-constructed

Maytree Chairman Alan Broadbent argues that just as poverty is constructed, it can be un-constructed by our choices to protect the inherent human rights of people to access good housing, health, nutrition and work.

WSCLS_spotlight Maytree Newsletter – April 2016

In this month’s newsletter, find out more about re-framing poverty as a matter of rights and a community leadership building program in Scarborough. Also, read about recently released reports and find information about events you don’t want to miss.

iStockphoto - heads and ideas Five Good Ideas about public policy

Sunil Johal’s talk focused on how to develop and communicate policies in a language that governments can understand. He discussed how and why small- and medium-sized organizations should care about the policy environment and how they can help inform government policies.

Poverty protester It’s time to fix social assistance

Ontario’s social assistance rates do not reflect the real costs of living in communities across the province. This leaves many living in poverty poorly housed, hungry and sick. Bill 185 is a private member’s bill presented by Hamilton East-Stoney Creek Member of Provincial Parliament Paul Miller. It represents promising political will to address social assistance rates.


Five Good Ideas about creating a good budget

May 25 – Five Good Ideas about creating a good budget with Lois Fine, Director of Finance and Information Technology, YWCA Toronto

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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.

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