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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Series: Advancing justice

Published on 25/10/2021

At 13, Tyrone was illegally stopped and searched. At 15, he was wrongfully incarcerated. At 25, he's overcoming his past and giving back to his community in Toronto.

This conversation is part of our series, “Advancing justice,” which explores the relationship between human rights, poverty, racism, and the criminal justice system. In this month’s contribution to “Advancing justice,” Maytree president Elizabeth McIsaac speaks to Tyrone, a 25-year-old man who grew up and still lives in Scarborough. In the conversation, Tyrone talks about how his […]

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Policy in focus

Published on 20/10/2021

This paper provides an overview of the Canada Workers Benefit: What is it? How does it work? What are its shortcomings, and how can we make it better?

Download the publication Working-age adults face the highest poverty rates in Canada, yet income supports available to them remain inadequate and do not address their economic realities. At the same time, governments at all levels have been reluctant to increase the level of support available to this group. While creating a new program to help […]

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Opinion

Published on 07/10/2021

Toronto’s mayor and council failed as leaders when they chose not to bring multi-tenant houses (or “rooming houses”) under city-wide regulation.

On Monday, Toronto’s mayor and council failed as leaders when they chose not to act on multi-tenant houses, or “rooming houses” as many people call them. They failed to make rooming houses legal and to bring them under a city-wide set of regulations that would ensure the quality and capacity of these deeply affordable homes. They failed to ensure that the people living in them would have access to […]

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Opinion

Published on 28/09/2021

With re-election, the government gained the opportunity to build on the foundations it has been laying over its last two terms. Now, it can focus on what matters: affordable housing, eliminating poverty, and ensuring each person can live with dignity.

This Maytree opinion is part of our series, “A life with dignity: Towards economic and social rights for all.” Each month, we will explore how our collective choices are bringing us closer to – or keeping us from – what we need for every person in Canada to live with dignity. Sometimes elections are about […]

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Opinion

Published on 16/09/2021

During the 2021 election campaign, on one key issue, all five major parties appear to have completely missed the mark: Strengthening Canada’s social safety net.

In their platforms, rallies, and on the debate stages, federal parties have drawn from both successes and failures of Canada’s pandemic response to present their policy ideas to voters. On one key issue, all five major parties appear to have completely missed the mark: Strengthening Canada’s social safety net. At the outset of the pandemic, […]

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Series: Advancing justice

Published on 15/09/2021

The majority of mainstream efforts aiming to improve access to justice across Canada are stagnating because the organizations behind them suffer from an entrenched diversity problem. Yet the pandemic provides an opportunity for transformation.

This article by Sabreena Delhon is part of our series, “Advancing justice,” which explores the relationship between human rights, poverty, racism, and the criminal justice system. As the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the life-and-death consequences of social inequity and systemic racism, there has never been a more crucial moment to advocate for major overhauls to key […]

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Opinion

Published on 13/09/2021

Expanding the Canada Workers Benefit or supporting a basic income would do little for the most vulnerable working-age adults living in deep poverty.

Originally published on Policy Options September 13, 2021 People who lost their jobs at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic found a lifeline in the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). However, those who didn’t qualify for CERB – mostly people living in deep poverty – found themselves with little to no additional support in a […]

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Opinion

Published on 30/08/2021

The Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee failed to implement human rights principles in its process. It must do better with the content of its recommendations. The committee should focus on the government’s duty to protect all workers, including gig workers.

This Maytree opinion is part of our series, “A life with dignity: Towards economic and social rights for all.” Each month, we will explore how our collective choices are bringing us closer to – or keeping us from – what we need for every person in Canada to live with dignity. While most of us […]

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Speech

Published on 25/08/2021

Ontario’s Basic Income experiment is now over. But there are still critical lessons to be learned about how to set up a Basic Income experiment.

This presentation was recorded for the Basic Income Earth Network World Congress 2021 in Glasgow. In his presentation, Michael Mendelson summarizes his 2019 paper, Lessons from Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot. In 2017 the Ontario Basic Income Pilot began making its first benefit payments. The Ontario Basic Income Pilot was the first full-scale Basic Income experiment […]

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