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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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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Submission

Published on 07/12/2020

To align with the City’s human rights-based approach, the forthcoming Inclusionary Zoning feasibility assessments should explore the potential for Inclusionary Zoning to maximize the delivery of affordable housing for those in greatest need.

Download the submission (PDF) In December 2019, the City of Toronto took a landmark step in recognizing housing as a human right and incorporating a human rights-based approach in its ten-year HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan. A human rights-based approach requires the City to review policies against established standards and norms under international law. This includes […]

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Opinion

Published on 25/11/2020

We can do better at social assistance. We must re-imagine a social assistance system that is founded on dignity and human rights.

We are bad at social assistance. This is not news, I know. But recently, I can’t help but be struck by just how bad our social assistance system in Ontario is. Last week, Maytree published our annual Welfare in Canada report, which examines social assistance incomes in provinces and territories across Canada. It confirms what […]

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Report

Published on 11/11/2020

Report highlights key human rights considerations and implications to help guide the design and implementation of multi-tenant homes policies consistent with Toronto’s existing housing objectives and human rights obligations.

Download the report (PDF) Download the executive summary (PDF) Multi-tenant homes (MTH), traditionally known as rooming houses, are a vital source of deeply-affordable housing in Toronto. They come in a wide range of forms and are home to a diverse array of residents, including newcomers, students, seniors, and many who have experienced homelessness. Members of […]

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