Everyone has the right to a life without poverty.

To keep people out of poverty, we need to fix the systems that create it.

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Latest count of social assistance recipients across Canada is now available

Social Assistance Summaries, 2023 provides you with data on how many people were receiving social assistance in 2022-23 and how numbers changed over time.

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      Policy

      Maytree advances evidence-based policy solutions that protect and promote economic and social rights for all people in Canada, with an emphasis on prioritizing those most in need.

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      Data & measuring

      Find the latest data for the number of social assistance recipients and welfare incomes in every province and territory.

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      Accountability

      We support the creation of accountability institutions, such as dedicated offices for commissioners and advocates. We collect and analyze data that can be a tool to hold governments accountable.

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      Participation

      We support and advocate for rights-based participation, so people and communities have meaningful opportunities to participate in the public decisions that affect them.

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      Intersections

      Our work on advancing economic and social rights raises the question: what if we built all of our systems on a foundation of human rights?

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    Maytree advances evidence-based policy solutions that protect and promote economic and social rights for all people in Canada, with an emphasis on prioritizing those most in need.

    Learn more

    Find the latest data for the number of social assistance recipients and welfare incomes in every province and territory.

    Learn more

    We support the creation of accountability institutions, such as dedicated offices for commissioners and advocates. We collect and analyze data that can be a tool to hold governments accountable.

    Learn more

    We support and advocate for rights-based participation, so people and communities have meaningful opportunities to participate in the public decisions that affect them.

    Learn more

    Our work on advancing economic and social rights raises the question: what if we built all of our systems on a foundation of human rights?

    Learn more

    Latest insights and stories

    Latest from our publications and stories.

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    Dive deeper

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    A fully housed Toronto

    Maytree partnered with local newspaper West End Phoenix to examine Toronto’s housing crisis through a human rights lens.

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    Advancing justice

    In 2021 and 2022, under the guidance of outside experts, Maytree delved into the relationship between human rights, poverty, racism, and the criminal justice system.

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    Poverty and human rights in Canada

    For this special series, we brought together the voices of leading thinkers, activists and political leaders who are working on economic and social rights in Canada.

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    Be inspired

    Five Good Ideas

    Five Good Ideas is a lunch-and-learn program where subject-matter experts discuss powerful and practical ideas about key issues facing non-profit organizations. The sessions are most useful for management staff and board members at small and mid-sized non-profits.

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    Recent Five Good Ideas sessions:

    image: hands drawing images of wellness (iStockphoto)Human Resources

    Five Good Ideas on how to help yourself to help others

    Farzana Doctor presents ideas on how to address burnout and find easy ways to bring more self- and community care into our workplaces and lives.

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    image: hand drawing arrow pointing up (iStockphoto)Advocacy and Policy

    Five Good Ideas on advocating for change from the frontline

    Diana Chan McNally shares her insights into her praxis as a frontline worker and an advocate.

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    image: connecting through hazards (iStockphoto)Organizational Effectiveness

    Five Good Ideas on working with Ombudsman Toronto for positive change

    Learn how Ombudsman Toronto makes sure the City of Toronto treats all members of the public equitably and fairly.

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