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 29/09/2020

If we’re going to build a better post-pandemic future, we cannot fall back into our pre-pandemic cynicism and division. We need to have all orders of government working together. And we need civil society to rediscover the spirit of cooperation.

At the onset of the pandemic, we saw a surprising, and welcome, mood of collaboration and cooperation: across party lines, among orders of government, and in partnership with civil society. It was a glimpse into how we truly can work together when we need to. Listening to the reactions to the Speech from the Throne […]

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Interview

Published on 24/09/2020

Around the world cities are standing up to local and national governments, demanding rights on asylum, climate change, income equality, disability rights and housing. Maytree president Elizabeth McIsaac spoke to Sukanya Pillay on the Just Planet podcast.

Around the world cities are standing up to local and national governments, demanding rights on asylum, climate change, income equality, disability rights and housing. Elizabeth McIsaac, president of Maytree, spoke to Sukanya Pillay on the Just Planet podcast. In this lively discussion, Elizabeth talked about some of Maytree’s strategies for building strong vital communities, working with […]

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Speech

Published on 22/09/2020

Right to Housing Toronto Deputation to Planning & Housing Committee

RE: PH 16.7 Inclusionary Zoning Draft Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-Law Amendment, Sep. 22, 2020 Presented by Emily Paradis, PhD., Maytree Fellow on behalf of Right to Housing Toronto The Right to Housing in Toronto is a coalition of organizations and individuals working to support the implementation of the human right to housing by […]

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Opinion

Published on 22/09/2020

By acting now and by moving quickly, the federal and provincial governments can become important partners in closing the existing gaps and realizing the right to housing for everyone.

We are on the cusp of big, bold, brave action to address housing and homelessness in Toronto. A one-billion-dollar plan calls for 3,000 new permanent, affordable homes, and funding to assist 2,000 of these residents with the supports required to maintain stable housing. It’s a plan that would mean a path out of homelessness for […]

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Policy backgrounder

Published on 11/09/2020

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 September 8, Statistics Canada updated the Dimensions of Poverty Hub which tracks poverty trends using the official poverty line — the market basket measure or MBM — which has been rebased to more accurately reflect the costs of living in Canada today. So how does the new 2018-base MBM help us better understand poverty in […]

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Policy backgrounder

Published on 26/08/2020

The recovery package announced by the federal government on August 20 should be welcome news for provincial and territorial governments. They should now reinvest the savings from the federally-funded EI changes in social assistance recipients.

On August 20, Canadians got the answer to one of the most pressing questions for millions of people across the country—what happens when the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) ends? The government intends to introduce legislation to strengthen and expand Employment Insurance (EI). To qualify, workers will have to have worked at least 120 hours […]

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Opinion

Published on 25/08/2020

There's a tension between professional expertise and everyday experience that shapes much of what we do. For solutions to work, we need to ensure that we recognize the importance of expertise that resides in our communities.

In the 1970 movie MASH, the doctors Hawkeye and Trapper storm into the operating room saying, “We’re the pros from Dover.” Impressed or intimidated, the rest of the doctors and nurses step aside to let them operate on the patient. Being a movie, it works out well. Similarly, the phrase “Don’t try this at home” […]

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Article

Published on 20/08/2020

As many of the initial emergency response programs come to an end, we should take the opportunity to reflect on the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on social assistance.

Somehow, in the roller coaster of the last five months, we have landed in the dog days of summer. As the days blended into each other – the dreary days of March somehow became the blazing hot days of August – it might seem like we have been on this ride forever. But of course, […]

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Opinion

Published on 29/07/2020

We need to chart out our path, and think collectively about the ideas and principles that will be our north star as we work to strengthen our social safety net.

To say that the past four months have been full of change is an understatement. But here’s one more thing we need to change. If we are going to shape a future that recognizes the inherent dignity in everyone, and reduces inequities across race, gender, and income, we need to think beyond traditional economic and […]

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