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.
Published on 01/11/2019
Comments delivered at a forum for the Wellesley Institute's Solutions Lab on healthy housing quality.
This speech was delivered on October 28, 2019 at a forum for the Wellesley Institute’s Solutions Lab on healthy housing quality. Thank you for the invitation to share some thoughts at the beginning of what will be an important conversation, one that will hopefully have an impact on health and wellbeing through quality housing. When […]
Published on 29/10/2019
Canada has a “hung” parliament, and the Liberals will have to find support from other political parties to govern. Although Maytree does not have party status, we have an idea of what policy ideas we would want the government to implement if it was looking for our support.
Canada has a “hung” parliament, and the Liberals will have to find support from other political parties to govern. Although Maytree does not have party status, we have an idea of what policy ideas we would want the government to implement if it was looking for our support. We would want the new government to […]
Published on 29/10/2019
Nearly two million Canadians have dedicated their lives to doing good in the non-profit sector. However, these same workers face a troubling retirement savings gap. How can we give these people the support they deserve?
A huge number of Canadians have dedicated their careers and their lives to the noble calling of helping others. Whether through a local YWCA that offers social services, a food bank, or an environmental non-profit, many workers are prioritizing “mission” and “meaning” in their careers over pay cheque and retirement benefits. But while they’re helping […]
Published on 25/10/2019
Michael Mendelson discussed his paper “Lessons from Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot” ahead of PEI’s own upcoming basic income program.
On October 25, 2019, Maytree Fellow Michael Mendelson gave a presentation before the Special Committee on Poverty in Prince Edward Island. He discussed his paper “Lessons from Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot” ahead of PEI’s own upcoming basic income program. Mr. Mendelson summarized his reasons for writing the paper and expressed his hope that committee members […]
Published on 18/10/2019
This article on the significance of the National Housing Strategy Act appeared in the November 2019 issue of the Literary Review of Canada.
The National Housing Strategy Act specifies goals that are more than aspirational. It describes a set of principles and actions that move us toward adequate housing for all. Indeed, it supports the development of a new culture of human rights and has an immense transformative potential to address systemic inequities. In June 2019, Canada achieved […]
Published on 17/10/2019
Canadians should be wary of party platforms promising to enhance their well-being through tax credits.
Canadians should be wary of party platforms promising to enhance their well-being through tax credits. What you think you see is not what you get. Here’s why. Canadians are often led to believe that a tax cut will be paid to them as a cash amount. Spoiler alert: The cheque is not in the mail. […]
Published on 17/10/2019
Garima Talwar Kapoor talks about how we frame fiscal policy on The Agenda with Steve Paikin.
In past election campaigns, debt and deficits have dominated the conversation. Think of Paul Martin’s demand in the 1990s to slay the deficit dragon ,come hell or high water. Even in the last federal election, the NDP ran on a promise of balancing the budget. This time around, concerns about debt and deficits are barely registering. […]
Published on 16/10/2019
While the Ontario Basic Income Pilot was cancelled shortly after it started, there are still lessons to be learned.
Download the report (PDF) While the Ontario Basic Income Pilot was cancelled shortly after it started, there are still lessons to be learned. In this report, Maytree Fellow Michael Mendelson looks at Ontario’s experience to offer lessons on how to – and how not to – set up future Basic Income trials. The report focuses […]
Published on 11/10/2019
If a government is planning to spend over $5.5 billion a year, shouldn't it be spent on healthcare, housing, infrastructure, and/or paying down the deficit?
If you’ve been feeling the squeeze and watching the federal election to see which future government can make your daily budgeting a little easier, you’ve probably noticed the Conservative Party of Canada’s Universal Tax Cut and the Liberal Party of Canada’s Middle Class Tax Cut. Chances are, both these policies will, as promised, put a […]