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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Submission

Published on 18/11/2022

Written submission to the Standing Committee on Heritage, Infrastructure and Cultural Policy regarding proposals to strengthen Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022.

Maytree submission to the Standing Committee on Heritage, Infrastructure and Cultural Policy regarding proposals to strengthen Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022. Download the submission Purpose This submission provides Maytree’s analysis of Bill 23: An Act to amend various statutes, to revoke various regulations and to enact the Supporting Growth and Housing in […]

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Submission

Published on 15/11/2022

Written submission to HUMA for the study of Bill C-22 on establishing the Canada disability benefit.

Download the submission Dear HUMA Committee Chair Morrissey and Committee members, Thank you for the opportunity to submit this brief for your ongoing study of Bill C-22, establishing framework legislation for the future development and implementation of the Canada disability benefit (CDB). Maytree is a charitable organization dedicated to advancing solutions to poverty through a […]

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Policy brief

Published on 10/11/2022

This brief was provided in follow-up to a Senate Standing Committee Meeting on National Finance on Bill C-31, An Act respecting cost of living relief measures related to dental care and rental housing. Maytree deputed on behalf of the National Right to Housing Network, and this brief provides information on how the bill can be amended to better support low-income tenants eligible for a one-time rent supplement.

This brief is a follow-up to a Senate Standing Committee Meeting on National Finance on Bill C-31, An Act respecting cost of living relief measures related to dental care and rental housing. On November 1, Maytree deputed on behalf of the National Right to Housing Network, and this brief provides information on how the bill […]

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Article

Published on 04/11/2022

In this article for NewCities, Elizabeth McIsaac writes that cites have the power and potential to make real progress on the human right to housing. She discusses real life examples of applying human rights principles to municipal policy development and the need to bring the voices of refugees into the housing conversation.

So much talk about housing concerns units. How many units can we build? Where are the units located? What does each unit cost? But to make real progress on the housing crisis, we need to talk about people. Which people have been shut out of the housing market? How do public policies affect how people […]

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Opinion

Published on 26/10/2022

People freezing in the streets is predictable, but it is not inevitable. On the contrary, it is preventable – but preventing it will require leadership from our mayors and councillors.

Municipal elections came, and municipal elections went. To many, these elections felt entirely predictable, and the results, with a few exceptions, were indeed just that. Something else feels entirely predictable: winter. While many of us in southern Ontario got a welcome warm spell this week, we have already felt the chill of autumn. Those of […]

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Submission

Published on 11/10/2022

Maytree’s submission for the 2023 pre-budget consultation process is focused on ensuring that the federal government take action to strengthen Canada’s social safety net, so that those living in deep poverty can live a life with dignity.

Download the submission Written submission for the pre-budget consultations in advance of the 2023 federal budget Maytree’s recommendations At Maytree, we believe that the most enduring way to fix the systems that create poverty is to ensure that economic and social rights are protected, respected, and fulfilled for all people living in Canada. Maytree’s submission […]

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Opinion

Published on 01/10/2022

Why is the province, yet again, meddling in a key policy decision that affects Toronto’s housing crisis?

Despite the need for more affordable housing, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark is dilly-dallying on a key decision for the City of Toronto to implement its inclusionary zoning policy. This action is preventing the development of affordable housing supply and keeping vulnerable people inadequately housed. Why is the province, yet again, […]

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Opinion

Published on 29/09/2022

Questions for every candidate for municipal councils on what they will do to address the issues that impact human rights and human dignity.

Many people think municipal elections don’t matter. Why else would we be seeing so many acclamations for councillors, reeves, and even mayors across Ontario? When candidates go uncontested, and when incumbents (who have an extraordinary chance of being re-elected based on name recognition alone) are not called upon to defend their record or present their […]

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Article

Published on 22/09/2022

Using a human rights approach means reconceptualizing what our systems do, what they aim for, and who they serve. It is the ultimate in systems change. Elizabeth McIsaac, president of Maytree, reflects on the foundation’s work and role in implementing a human rights approach to poverty.

This article was originally published on The Philanthropist website. As foundations, we walk a path, sometimes leading and sometimes following, always in pursuit of doing good. When I guest-edited the series on poverty and human rights for The Philanthropist in 2016/17, Maytree was in some ways at a turning point in our path. Developing that […]

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