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 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 […]

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Opinion

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 […]

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Speech

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 […]

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Opinion

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 […]

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Article

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 […]

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Speech

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 […]

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Article

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 […]

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Opinion

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. […]

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Article

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. […]

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