Publications, opinions, and speeches
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Published on 25/10/2019
Michael Mendelson discussed his paper “Lessons from Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot” ahead of PEI’s own upcoming basic income program.
On October 25, 2019, Maytree Fellow Michael Mendelson gave a presentation before the Special Committee on Poverty in Prince Edward Island. He discussed his paper “Lessons from Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot” ahead of PEI’s own upcoming basic income program. Mr. Mendelson summarized his reasons for writing the paper and expressed his hope that committee members […]
Published on 18/10/2019
This article on the significance of the National Housing Strategy Act appeared in the November 2019 issue of the Literary Review of Canada.
The National Housing Strategy Act specifies goals that are more than aspirational. It describes a set of principles and actions that move us toward adequate housing for all. Indeed, it supports the development of a new culture of human rights and has an immense transformative potential to address systemic inequities. In June 2019, Canada achieved […]
Published on 17/10/2019
Canadians should be wary of party platforms promising to enhance their well-being through tax credits.
Canadians should be wary of party platforms promising to enhance their well-being through tax credits. What you think you see is not what you get. Here’s why. Canadians are often led to believe that a tax cut will be paid to them as a cash amount. Spoiler alert: The cheque is not in the mail. […]
Published on 17/10/2019
Garima Talwar Kapoor talks about how we frame fiscal policy on The Agenda with Steve Paikin.
In past election campaigns, debt and deficits have dominated the conversation. Think of Paul Martin’s demand in the 1990s to slay the deficit dragon, come hell or high water. Even in the last federal election, the NDP ran on a promise of balancing the budget. This time around, concerns about debt and deficits are barely […]
Published on 16/10/2019
While the Ontario Basic Income Pilot was cancelled shortly after it started, there are still lessons to be learned.
Download the report (PDF) While the Ontario Basic Income Pilot was cancelled shortly after it started, there are still lessons to be learned. In this report, Maytree Fellow Michael Mendelson looks at Ontario’s experience to offer lessons on how to – and how not to – set up future Basic Income trials. The report focuses […]
Published on 11/10/2019
If a government is planning to spend over $5.5 billion a year, shouldn't it be spent on healthcare, housing, infrastructure, and/or paying down the deficit?
If you’ve been feeling the squeeze and watching the federal election to see which future government can make your daily budgeting a little easier, you’ve probably noticed the Conservative Party of Canada’s Universal Tax Cut and the Liberal Party of Canada’s Middle Class Tax Cut. Chances are, both these policies will, as promised, put a […]
Published on 27/09/2019
Analyzing two competing policy proposals that the Liberal and Conservative parties have put forward regarding Employment Insurance maternity and parental leave benefits during the 2019 federal election.
If you were tasked with deciding how best to spend over $1 billion in public funding for families with children, what sorts of questions would you ask to develop or assess a policy proposal? Would you want to know if the policy design is effective? Would you want to know if it is well targeted? […]
Published on 28/08/2019
Cancelling the Transition Child Benefit will have devastating long-term consequences for many families in Ontario. As well, the long-term costs could easily outweigh the short-term savings.
[Revised on September 24, 2019] A little over a year ago, the Government of Ontario announced that it had set itself an “accelerated 100 day deadline to develop and announce a sustainable Social Assistance program.” And despite forecasting a $600 million reduction in social assistance spending in 2019/20 as part of this reworked program, few […]
Published on 09/08/2019
The paper focuses on the growing and connected affordability pressures in the rental sector.
Download the report This paper, prepared by Steve Pomeroy and Duncan Maclennan for the second convening of the Urban Project (UP), focuses on the growing and connected affordability pressures in the rental sector. The paper provides a historical overview of rental housing policy in Canada and charts changes in rental housing construction starts in major […]