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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Published on 28/11/2019
The Ontario government could have used the 2019 Fall Economic Statement to demonstrate that it was re-orienting its priorities on social assistance and poverty. Instead, the government’s silence on them spoke volumes.
It’s a cold evening in November, and the following scenarios are playing out repeatedly in communities across Ontario: Homeless shelters are at maximum capacity, unable to serve all of the people who are seeking refuge from the bitter cold. Emergency departments in hospitals are buzzing and beeping throughout the night, trying to keep up with […]
Published on 26/11/2019
On November 26, Toronto City Council has an opportunity to set a new course on public housing by approving a new funding model for Toronto Community Housing.
On November 26, Toronto City Council has an opportunity to set a new course on public housing for decades to come. Councillors will get to vote on a new funding model for Toronto Community Housing approved by the Executive Committee earlier this month. The funding model would introduce a rent supplement-based model thereby establishing a […]
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 […]