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 24/02/2021

The Ontario government has a duty to protect all workers in this province. All employers have a responsibility to their employees. All workers need paid sick leave, now.

By now, everyone should understand that we need paid sick days to help us get the COVID-19 pandemic under control. So what’s the hold-up? In the middle of a pandemic, the need to mandate paid sick leave is beyond obvious. By continuing to deny employees this basic protection, the government is choosing to put people […]

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Policy brief

Published on 10/02/2021

Recent data from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation shows that rents are going up, pandemic or not.

This policy brief was originally published on the Behind the numbers blog and is co-authored by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Maytree. News stories of rents for vacant apartments going down, coupled with anecdotes about landlords offering incentives to attract tenants, have fuelled the notion that renters have gained the upper hand in the rental […]

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Opinion

Published on 27/01/2021

Governments must be guided by evidence, and willing to change course when needed. Decisions should be grounded in the principles of human rights. The responsibility to support our economic and social rights must be at the fore.

Last fall, I was rushed to a hospital with a completely unexpected, and absolutely life-threating, illness. I was in hospital for about three weeks, receiving excellent care from our health care workers. Over the past year, the state of our health care system has constantly been in the public eye. While my situation had nothing […]

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Interview

Published on 25/01/2021

Elizabeth McIsaac, President of Maytree, spoke to TVO’s Nam Kiwanuka about a human rights approach to our post-pandemic recovery.

Poverty and homelessness are not just a problem for larger urban centres but also for rural Ontario. COVID-19 has made those issues even more difficult and essential to address. Elizabeth McIsaac, President of Maytree, spoke to TVO’s Nam Kiwanuka about a human rights approach to our post-pandemic recovery.  This video was originally posted on […]

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Policy backgrounder

Published on 12/01/2021

This research looks at how the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) and the temporary Employment Insurance (EI) changes will impact social assistance recipients in each province and territory.

This research looks at how the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) and the temporary Employment Insurance (EI) changes will impact social assistance recipients in each province and territory. The research is being carried out by John Stapleton and Anne Tweddle for Maytree. The information presented here comes from public service contacts in each jurisdiction. The research […]

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Report

Published on 28/12/2020

The paper reviews the reform of BC’s five major demand-side housing programs to conform more closely to basic income principles of autonomy, accessibility, and dignity.

In July 2018, the province of British Columbia announced the creation of an expert panel to explore the idea of a basic income guarantee in BC. The panel’s mandate was to study basic income as a potential policy tool for poverty reduction, assessing its feasibility and its relation to existing income and social supports in […]

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Opinion

Published on 17/12/2020

We must pay attention to how we build institutions such as the National Housing Council, because they will determine if and how we actually implement the human right to housing.

As a nation, we are in the midst of creating the institutions that should help us fulfill the human right to housing. The decisions that we make, now, about those institutions, will determine if and how we actually implement the human right to housing in Canada. Last time in this space, the Maytree Opinion discussed […]

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Report

Published on 10/12/2020

A growing number of local governments from across the world are turning to human rights to affirm a vision of more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable communities. Such places may be broadly categorized as “human rights cities.”

Download the paper Because of their proximity to the people they serve and their responsibilities in key areas such as housing, education, public health, and planning (among others), cities and municipalities are exceptionally well-positioned to champion human rights. In particular, the pandemic has highlighted the important role cities play in protecting economic and social rights, […]

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Article

Published on 10/12/2020

People experience their economic and social rights at the local level – cities and towns are where we live, work, go to school, and get our groceries. Cities, therefore, have the opportunity to act as champions for our economic and social rights. They can become human rights cities.

On this day, seventy-two years ago, on December 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We now mark this date each year as International Human Rights Day. While 2020 has been unlike any other year in living memory, the principles outlined in the Declaration remain as relevant today as they […]

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