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 25/11/2020
We can do better at social assistance. We must re-imagine a social assistance system that is founded on dignity and human rights.
We are bad at social assistance. This is not news, I know. But recently, I can’t help but be struck by just how bad our social assistance system in Ontario is. Last week, Maytree published our annual Welfare in Canada report, which examines social assistance incomes in provinces and territories across Canada. It confirms what […]
Published on 11/11/2020
Report highlights key human rights considerations and implications to help guide the design and implementation of multi-tenant homes policies consistent with Toronto’s existing housing objectives and human rights obligations.
Download the report (PDF) Download the executive summary (PDF) Multi-tenant homes (MTH), traditionally known as rooming houses, are a vital source of deeply-affordable housing in Toronto. They come in a wide range of forms and are home to a diverse array of residents, including newcomers, students, seniors, and many who have experienced homelessness. Members of […]
Published on 28/10/2020
How can we get to a fully-functioning democracy where each person – not just people in some parts of society – is able to participate in a meaningful way?
Reading the news these days, it’s easy to despair about the state of democracy. Discussions about voter suppression, conflicts of interest, or omnibus bills that quietly take away power from local governments are troubling. But the fact that we are talking about these issues is, arguably, a good sign. However, these discussions often miss a […]
Published on 06/10/2020
Sole dwellers are the most common household type, yet many live in poverty and substandard housing. Future policy must go beyond stop-gap measures.
Originally published on Policy Options. Early 2020 sent COVID-19 shock waves around the world. The devastation saved its knockout punch for groups already struggling to find steady ground: racialized communities, Indigenous Canadians and persons with disabilities. Many individuals living on their own were at special risk due not only to low and unstable incomes but […]
Published on 29/09/2020
If we’re going to build a better post-pandemic future, we cannot fall back into our pre-pandemic cynicism and division. We need to have all orders of government working together. And we need civil society to rediscover the spirit of cooperation.
At the onset of the pandemic, we saw a surprising, and welcome, mood of collaboration and cooperation: across party lines, among orders of government, and in partnership with civil society. It was a glimpse into how we truly can work together when we need to. Listening to the reactions to the Speech from the Throne […]
Published on 24/09/2020
Around the world cities are standing up to local and national governments, demanding rights on asylum, climate change, income equality, disability rights and housing. Maytree president Elizabeth McIsaac spoke to Sukanya Pillay on the Just Planet podcast.
Around the world cities are standing up to local and national governments, demanding rights on asylum, climate change, income equality, disability rights and housing. Elizabeth McIsaac, president of Maytree, spoke to Sukanya Pillay on the Just Planet podcast. In this lively discussion, Elizabeth talked about some of Maytree’s strategies for building strong vital communities, working with […]
Published on 22/09/2020
Right to Housing Toronto Deputation to Planning & Housing Committee
RE: PH 16.7 Inclusionary Zoning Draft Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-Law Amendment, Sep. 22, 2020 Presented by Emily Paradis, PhD., Maytree Fellow on behalf of Right to Housing Toronto The Right to Housing in Toronto is a coalition of organizations and individuals working to support the implementation of the human right to housing by […]
Published on 22/09/2020
By acting now and by moving quickly, the federal and provincial governments can become important partners in closing the existing gaps and realizing the right to housing for everyone.
We are on the cusp of big, bold, brave action to address housing and homelessness in Toronto. A one-billion-dollar plan calls for 3,000 new permanent, affordable homes, and funding to assist 2,000 of these residents with the supports required to maintain stable housing. It’s a plan that would mean a path out of homelessness for […]
Published on 11/09/2020
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 September 8, Statistics Canada updated the Dimensions of Poverty Hub which tracks poverty trends using the official poverty line — the market basket measure or MBM — which has been rebased to more accurately reflect the costs of living in Canada today. So how does the new 2018-base MBM help us better understand poverty in […]