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.

Noah Zon Maytree Opinion, May 2016: You filled out your census. Now what?

This month, Canadians were counted as they responded to the national census. Many cheered the occasion as it marked the return of the mandatory long-form census. In this month’s Opinion, Noah Zon argues that if we want evidence-based policy, we need much more than the census.

FGI_building_budget_spotlight Five Good Ideas about creating a good budget

Budgets are an important tool we can use to define our nonprofit organizations and tell their stories. In this session, Lois Fine, Director of Finance and Information Technology, YWCA Toronto, shared her five good ideas about creating a good budget.

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.

CHRA_spotlight From a National Housing Strategy to the Right to Housing: highlights from the 2016 Canadian Housing and Renewal Association Conference

After participating in last month’s Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) Conference, Victor Willis, Executive Director at Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC) shares key issues that are top-of-mind for housing advocates.

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.


Deepening Community for Collective Impact

June 14 – One-day Tamarack event with Paul Born, one of North America’s top Community Engagement leaders

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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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