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 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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Published on 18/08/2021
Calls are growing more urgent for public sector organizations to systematically collect, analyze, and report race-based data to better understand and address issues in policing, court decisions, and incarceration experiences in Canada.
This article by Dr. Mai Phan is part of our series, “Advancing justice,” which explores the relationship between human rights, poverty, racism, and the criminal justice system. Over the past year, Canadian law enforcement has begun to engage with Indigenous, Black, and racialized communities over concerns regarding unfair treatment, systemic racial bias, and over-representation in the […]
Published on 30/07/2021
Six recommendations for the federal government to consider to help ensure everyone in Canada has a place to call home.
Download the submission Housing is a human right. In Canada, this is enshrined in the National Housing Strategy Act, 2019. To realize this right, we need to pursue systemic solutions that can help ensure that everyone has safe, secure, affordable, and adequate housing. Maytree convenes the Housing Policy Research Exchange (HPRE)—a group of housing policy […]
Published on 28/07/2021
Cities have the power and potential to impact people’s lives. We must imagine, and plan for, a city that supports every person’s dignity and human rights.
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. Lately, I’ve been thinking […]
Published on 21/07/2021
This interview explores the historical roots of racism in the criminal justice system, in particular how racism and colonialism have contributed to the social and economic inequalities and discrimination experienced by Indigenous, Black, and racialized communities in Canada, and in turn shaped their interactions with the criminal justice system.
This interview with Akwasi Owusu-Bempah is part of our series, “Advancing justice,” which explores the relationship between human rights, poverty, racism, and the criminal justice system. Listen to the full interview as a podcast: Elizabeth McIsaac, President of Maytree: To begin our series on human rights, poverty, racism, and the criminal justice system in Canada, I’m […]