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 29/06/2020

We can no longer pretend that we are not aware of how deeply rooted systemic racism is in Canada. For systemic change to occur, we need to determine how best to translate the strong calls for change into policy, legislative, and cultural change so that the structures that govern our society are anti-racist in themselves.

The windows of opportunity to push for enduring, systemic change are open. While the COVID-19 pandemic might seem like a force out of our control, how we respond to it isn’t. The pandemic has highlighted some deep inequalities in our society. The numbers of infections and deaths have been much higher in neighbourhoods that are […]

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Report

Published on 26/06/2020

Narrowing the definition of disability used by the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) could have serious implications. Improving the program’s assessment process would yield better results for applicants, Ontario's social safety net, and the government.

Download the report (PDF) In November 2018, the Ontario government announced that it would be undertaking major reforms to Ontario’s social assistance system. As part of the reform, the government announced that it planned to align the definition of “disability” used by the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) “more closely with federal government guidelines” (Government […]

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Submission

Published on 26/06/2020

Bill 184 compromises the right to adequate housing in five major ways. Here's what the Ontario government should do to protect tenants and their housing rights.

Download the submission (PDF) The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored why housing is a basic human right. Without access to secure and adequate housing, not only is the health and well-being of the individual compromised, but also that of society at large. The pandemic has brought systemic inequities into sharp focus. These inequities […]

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Interview

Published on 29/05/2020

A conversation about the rise of rent arrears during COVID-19 and what governments should do about it.

Ricardo Tranjan (Senior Researcher, CCPA-Ontario) and Hannah Aldridge (Policy Analyst, Maytree) joined Erika Shaker, the CCPA’s National Office Director, for a conversation about the rise of rent arrears during COVID-19 and what governments should do about it. Produced and recorded by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). Related Policy brief: Locked down, not locked […]

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Policy brief

Published on 28/05/2020

Ontario tenants who have fallen behind on their rent because of COVID-19 will need provincial help to stay housed when the current eviction ban is lifted. A new analysis calls for targeted rent relief, a gradual easing of the eviction ban, and a reintroduction of rent controls.

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. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, provinces and territories have implemented eviction bans that protect tenants from the imminent threat of homelessness but do not prevent them from falling in arrears and being […]

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Opinion

Published on 26/05/2020

Investments that improve economic and social conditions will help us prepare for future crises — so let’s make sure public-health evidence drives our recovery.

Investments that improve economic and social conditions will help us prepare for future crises — so let’s make sure public-health evidence drives our recovery. We are starting to see the curve flatten in parts of Canada. Our efforts against COVID-19 are working. But now we must brace ourselves for the challenges ahead. The effectiveness of […]

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Opinion

Published on 26/05/2020

Ontario’s courts and corrections systems acted correctly in their rapid response to the COVID-19 crisis. But now we must ensure that these important lessons will be applied to the much needed reform of the bail and remand system – both here in Ontario and across the country.

Almost overnight, due to the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation in Ontario prisons has dramatically changed. For several decades, the human rights issues associated with the difficulties of accessing bail in Canada have been of ongoing concern. The COVID-19 pandemic gives us the opportunity to reform bail practices to ensure that the […]

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Policy backgrounder

Published on 13/05/2020

This policy backgrounder provides an overview of how provincial and territorial governments have decided to treat receipt of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

CERB and its interactions with provincial and territorial social assistance and subsidized housing programs and youth aging out of care This policy backgrounder provides an overview of how provincial and territorial governments have decided to treat receipt of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) for those receiving social assistance and/or living in subsidized housing. It […]

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Opinion

Published on 30/04/2020

The pursuit of a dignified, simple, and adequate social safety net in response to COVID-19 requires building and strengthening public services, systems, and income supports at the same time. We may risk too much if we focus on a single solution at the expense of everything else.

That the COVID-19 crisis has exposed the cracks in our social safety net has become a truism. What people living in poverty and those working on the front lines of community service have known for years has now become impossible for the wider society to ignore. We’re in a moment now where we agree that […]

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