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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Policy backgrounder

Published on 26/02/2020

Statistics Canada is now using an updated version of the federally adopted poverty measure, the market basket measure (MBM). Here's what you need to know about the new 2018-base MBM.

On February 24, Statistics Canada released the latest results from the Canadian Income Survey – the main dataset we use to track poverty. But this year’s edition also uses an updated version of Canada’s federally adopted poverty line — the market basket measure or MBM — to more accurately reflect the costs of living in […]

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Opinion

Published on 25/02/2020

The Ontario government is piloting significant changes to how employment and training supports are delivered to social assistance recipients. These changes could adversely affect the quality of services provided to people living in poverty.

The Ontario government made a commitment more than a year ago to transform social assistance—Ontario’s welfare programs that support those living in deep poverty. Its goal is to get people “back to work” while lowering the number of people receiving support. To do this, the government first announced changes that would decrease the amount of […]

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Interview

Published on 25/02/2020

Garima Talwar Kapoor talks to the hosts of the Ontario Loud podcast about the provincial government's proposed changes to employment and skills training for social assistance recipients.

Over a year ago, the Ontario government announced its plan to transform social assistance—Ontario’s welfare programs that support those living in deep poverty. While the government eventually cancelled many of its proposed changes to the income support side of social assistance, it is planning to move ahead with changes to the services provided as part […]

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Opinion

Published on 20/02/2020

The Common Good Retirement Plan offers a portable workplace retirement plan for social sector workers. But it cannot be built without government financial support.

In the wake of the federal election, much talk has been about the fault lines in the federation. The separatist sentiment in the Prairies. Interprovincial tensions with Quebec. Resentment towards the stubborn Laurentian Consensus in central Canada. The grievances hinge on considerable, even existential, policy chestnuts like reconciling a robust response to climate change with […]

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Opinion

Published on 29/01/2020

With the Ontario government's public consultations on a new Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS), non-profits have an opportunity to shape a meaningful five-year course of action to address poverty. Here are five ideas we'd like to see in the new PRS.

Ontario is consulting the public on a Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) that will, ideally, set us on a meaningful five-year course of action. While we don’t know the government’s own ideas for its poverty reduction efforts, we do know that we need to address poverty in our province – urgently. We can’t miss this opportunity […]

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Report

Published on 08/01/2020

Report looks at the possibilities and limitations of the Ontario government’s social assistance reforms, in particular changes to the employment and skills training offered to Ontario Works recipients.

Download the report (PDF) Download the executive summary (PDF) In the fall of 2018, the Ontario government announced that it would be reforming social assistance with the aim of developing “a more effective, sustainable approach to helping people find and keep jobs and achieve better outcomes.” The reforms are intended to primarily address the government’s […]

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Opinion

Published on 18/12/2019

We have seen time and again that even the best-laid policy plans are only as good as their implementation. For the right to housing to be fulfilled, we will have to mind this (implementation) gap.

Without doubt, 2019 has been a historic year for the right to housing in Canada. For the first time ever, we have federal legislation recognizing housing as a fundamental human right. And the City of Toronto has just passed Canada’s first municipal housing and homelessness plan based on the right to housing, developed together with […]

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Speech

Published on 10/12/2019

Deputation to the City of Toronto’s Planning and Housing Committee regarding the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan

Deputation to the City of Toronto’s Planning and Housing Committee regarding the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan. December 10, 2019 Hello, my name is Elizabeth McIsaac. I’m the president of Maytree, a private foundation dedicated to creating solutions to poverty. At Maytree, we believe the most enduring way to fix the systems that create poverty is […]

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Speech

Published on 05/12/2019

These comments were delivered at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs at Carleton University.

These comments were delivered at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs at Carleton University on November 15, 2019. I feel like I am at home speaking with a group of friends. A group full of policy people—the mandarins, those in the thick of departmental multi-year planning processes, those advocating […]

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