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 02/04/2020
Maytree’s submission to Ontario’s consultation on developing a new five-year poverty reduction strategy.
Download the submission (PDF) In this submission, Maytree outlines the principles that should make up the foundation of the province’s five-year poverty reduction strategy and illustrates how these principles translate into action. This strategy will be implemented amid and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis will have ripple effects across the province […]
Published on 30/03/2020
In time, we will look back on this - on the unprecedented events and how we responded. We need to make sure that we've created a precedent that keeps the protection of social and economic rights at the heart of everything that we do.
“We are in unprecedented times.” We have all heard – even said – these words too many times to count over the past weeks. But what do they mean? Living without precedent, without certainty and predictability, can be scary. Many of us feel overwhelmed, even helpless. Those of you on the front lines in our […]
Published on 26/03/2020
Even before the COVID-19 crisis hit, Canadians were deeply concerned about their household finances.
COVID-19 is not only a public health crisis. It is a crisis of household financial security. The vast economic dislocation resulting from the virus is causing very real pain and fear among Canadian families. Even before the crisis hit, Canadians were deeply concerned about their household finances. Affordability, retirement savings, and economic insecurity have ranked among […]
Published on 26/02/2020
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 February 24, Statistics Canada released the latest results from the Canadian Income Survey – the main dataset we use to track poverty. But this year’s edition also uses an updated version of Canada’s federally adopted poverty line — the market basket measure or MBM — to more accurately reflect the costs of living in […]
Published on 25/02/2020
The Ontario government is piloting significant changes to how employment and training supports are delivered to social assistance recipients. These changes could adversely affect the quality of services provided to people living in poverty.
The Ontario government made a commitment more than a year ago to transform social assistance—Ontario’s welfare programs that support those living in deep poverty. Its goal is to get people “back to work” while lowering the number of people receiving support. To do this, the government first announced changes that would decrease the amount of […]
Published on 25/02/2020
Garima Talwar Kapoor talks to the hosts of the Ontario Loud podcast about the provincial government's proposed changes to employment and skills training for social assistance recipients.
Over a year ago, the Ontario government announced its plan to transform social assistance—Ontario’s welfare programs that support those living in deep poverty. While the government eventually cancelled many of its proposed changes to the income support side of social assistance, it is planning to move ahead with changes to the services provided as part […]
Published on 20/02/2020
The Common Good Retirement Plan offers a portable workplace retirement plan for social sector workers. But it cannot be built without government financial support.
In the wake of the federal election, much talk has been about the fault lines in the federation. The separatist sentiment in the Prairies. Interprovincial tensions with Quebec. Resentment towards the stubborn Laurentian Consensus in central Canada. The grievances hinge on considerable, even existential, policy chestnuts like reconciling a robust response to climate change with […]
Published on 29/01/2020
With the Ontario government's public consultations on a new Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS), non-profits have an opportunity to shape a meaningful five-year course of action to address poverty. Here are five ideas we'd like to see in the new PRS.
Ontario is consulting the public on a Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) that will, ideally, set us on a meaningful five-year course of action. While we don’t know the government’s own ideas for its poverty reduction efforts, we do know that we need to address poverty in our province – urgently. We can’t miss this opportunity […]
Published on 08/01/2020
Report looks at the possibilities and limitations of the Ontario government’s social assistance reforms, in particular changes to the employment and skills training offered to Ontario Works recipients.
Download the report (PDF) Download the executive summary (PDF) In the fall of 2018, the Ontario government announced that it would be reforming social assistance with the aim of developing “a more effective, sustainable approach to helping people find and keep jobs and achieve better outcomes.” The reforms are intended to primarily address the government’s […]