Publications, opinions, and speeches

Maytree publishes reports, backgrounders, briefs, opinions, and speeches to help inform decision-making and to engage in public discussions on social policy issues.

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Opinion

Published on 29/07/2020

We need to chart out our path, and think collectively about the ideas and principles that will be our north star as we work to strengthen our social safety net.

To say that the past four months have been full of change is an understatement. But here’s one more thing we need to change. If we are going to shape a future that recognizes the inherent dignity in everyone, and reduces inequities across race, gender, and income, we need to think beyond traditional economic and […]

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Submission

Published on 29/07/2020

This submission to the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild Consultation is based on what we’ve heard from advocates with lived expertise to examine how the City should engage lived/living expertise in recovery and rebuild planning.

Submission to the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild Consultation Download the submission At the best of times, there is not enough engagement of lived expertise in policy processes – though the City of Toronto has made significant progress in recent years. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis in March 2020, there has been […]

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Policy backgrounder

Published on 13/07/2020

This backgrounder explores how COVID-19 emergency benefits and pre-existing changes to RGI calculations will affect RGI tenants in Ontario.

What housing and income security advocates need to know Download the backgrounder As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many households have experienced a sudden, drastic loss of employment income and/or increased living costs. In response to this, the federal and provincial governments have introduced time-limited income security measures to help reduce the hardships that […]

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Opinion

Published on 29/06/2020

We can no longer pretend that we are not aware of how deeply rooted systemic racism is in Canada. For systemic change to occur, we need to determine how best to translate the strong calls for change into policy, legislative, and cultural change so that the structures that govern our society are anti-racist in themselves.

The windows of opportunity to push for enduring, systemic change are open. While the COVID-19 pandemic might seem like a force out of our control, how we respond to it isn’t. The pandemic has highlighted some deep inequalities in our society. The numbers of infections and deaths have been much higher in neighbourhoods that are […]

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Report

Published on 26/06/2020

Narrowing the definition of disability used by the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) could have serious implications. Improving the program’s assessment process would yield better results for applicants, Ontario's social safety net, and the government.

Download the report (PDF) In November 2018, the Ontario government announced that it would be undertaking major reforms to Ontario’s social assistance system. As part of the reform, the government announced that it planned to align the definition of “disability” used by the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) “more closely with federal government guidelines” (Government […]

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Submission

Published on 26/06/2020

Bill 184 compromises the right to adequate housing in five major ways. Here's what the Ontario government should do to protect tenants and their housing rights.

Download the submission (PDF) The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored why housing is a basic human right. Without access to secure and adequate housing, not only is the health and well-being of the individual compromised, but also that of society at large. The pandemic has brought systemic inequities into sharp focus. These inequities […]

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Interview

Published on 29/05/2020

A conversation about the rise of rent arrears during COVID-19 and what governments should do about it.

Ricardo Tranjan (Senior Researcher, CCPA-Ontario) and Hannah Aldridge (Policy Analyst, Maytree) joined Erika Shaker, the CCPA’s National Office Director, for a conversation about the rise of rent arrears during COVID-19 and what governments should do about it. Produced and recorded by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). Related Policy brief: Locked down, not locked […]

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Policy brief

Published on 28/05/2020

Ontario tenants who have fallen behind on their rent because of COVID-19 will need provincial help to stay housed when the current eviction ban is lifted. A new analysis calls for targeted rent relief, a gradual easing of the eviction ban, and a reintroduction of rent controls.

This policy brief was originally published on the Behind the numbers blog and is co-authored by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Maytree. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, provinces and territories have implemented eviction bans that protect tenants from the imminent threat of homelessness but do not prevent them from falling in arrears and being […]

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Opinion

Published on 26/05/2020

Investments that improve economic and social conditions will help us prepare for future crises — so let’s make sure public-health evidence drives our recovery.

Investments that improve economic and social conditions will help us prepare for future crises — so let’s make sure public-health evidence drives our recovery. We are starting to see the curve flatten in parts of Canada. Our efforts against COVID-19 are working. But now we must brace ourselves for the challenges ahead. The effectiveness of […]

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