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 07/04/2021

If budgets tell us what we value, it’s clear that affordable housing hasn’t been a priority for recent Ontario governments. We can do better and ensure that everyone in Ontario has a safe, affordable and secure place to call home.

Do you know what makes up less than 0.3 per cent of your budget? I’ll take a guess — probably not. Even if you know, chances are that you’re not paying much attention to this small fraction of your budget. It’s no wonder, then, that successive Ontario governments have not been paying attention to the […]

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Opinion

Published on 29/03/2021

The Ontario government laid out an encouraging vision for transforming social assistance. However, without an implementation plan, this vision will not become a reality.

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. Cautious optimism – that’s […]

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Policy brief

Published on 29/03/2021

This policy brief provides a high-level overview of some of the key points on the number of people and households in housing need and supported through housing programs, funding for housing programs, and the degree to which this all impacted the number of people who were homeless.

Download the policy brief On March 4, 2021, Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office (FAO) released a report that reviews Ontario’s housing and homelessness programs. The report identifies changes in housing programs and spending over the past decade, outlines the number of people and households that have been supported through various provincial and federal government investments in […]

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Policy brief

Published on 22/03/2021

This policy brief provides an overview of Recovery & Renewal: Ontario’s Vision for Social Assistance Transformation and analyzes the opportunities and challenges associated with the changes that the Ontario government is envisioning.

Comments on and analysis of Recovery & Renewal: Ontario’s Vision for Social Assistance Transformation. Download the policy brief In February 2021, Ontario’s Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) released Recovery & Renewal: Ontario’s Vision for Social Assistance Transformation. The paper focuses on how service delivery changes across the social services sector could help […]

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Article

Published on 21/03/2021

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we reflect on how our work must advance equity.

Too often, the question of equity is seen as a specialty. As a result, it is offloaded to racialized people and communities, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, and other groups seeking fairness, instead of one that we are all compelled to grapple with. All of us working for social change must necessarily be working […]

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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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Report

Published on 17/02/2021

Report investigates the economic viability of multi-tenant houses to inform the City of Toronto’s rooming house policies.

Download the report Over the past decade, the policy discourse on rooming houses, also known as multi-tenant houses, has focused on regulatory issues. Should rooming houses be legalized across the City? Should the houses be restricted to specific zones or to certain sizes? Should they be licensed? How will standards be enforced? Missing from this […]

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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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