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 21/04/2020

COVID-19 has made the challenge of making ends meet much greater for those already in poverty. This includes the 75,000 workers in Ontario who receive social assistance.

The economic impacts of COVID-19 have spared few in our province. Amongst the hardest hit are people living in poverty receiving social assistance. Being able to pay for a full glass of orange juice has gotten just that much harder. For the poor, the cost of living has increased substantially. The closure of many food […]

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Opinion

Published on 16/04/2020

While it may be too early to examine the lessons from the COVID-19 crisis, it is not too soon to contemplate what the care of seniors should look like.

It may be too soon to examine the lessons from the COVID-19 crisis and consider what should have been done differently. It may also be too early for foresight when that future is far from certain. It is first essential to put out the fire before planting new trees. But it is not too soon […]

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Opinion

Published on 13/04/2020

The COVID-19 crisis has changed many things, but some remain the same: Housing is a human right and a necessity for individual and public health.

The COVID-19 crisis has changed many things, but some remain the same: Housing is a human right and a necessity for individual and public health. At this moment, our housing system is in crisis and we need federal leadership to fix it. We need both short- and long-term solutions, and we need to act now. […]

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Submission

Published on 02/04/2020

Maytree’s submission to Ontario’s consultation on developing a new five-year poverty reduction strategy.

Download the submission (PDF) In this submission, Maytree outlines the principles that should make up the foundation of the province’s five-year poverty reduction strategy and illustrates how these principles translate into action. This strategy will be implemented amid and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis will have ripple effects across the province […]

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Opinion

Published on 30/03/2020

In time, we will look back on this - on the unprecedented events and how we responded. We need to make sure that we've created a precedent that keeps the protection of social and economic rights at the heart of everything that we do.

“We are in unprecedented times.” We have all heard – even said – these words too many times to count over the past weeks. But what do they mean? Living without precedent, without certainty and predictability, can be scary. Many of us feel overwhelmed, even helpless. Those of you on the front lines in our […]

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Opinion

Published on 26/03/2020

Even before the COVID-19 crisis hit, Canadians were deeply concerned about their household finances.

COVID-19 is not only a public health crisis. It is a crisis of household financial security. The vast economic dislocation resulting from the virus is causing very real pain and fear among Canadian families. Even before the crisis hit, Canadians were deeply concerned about their household finances. Affordability, retirement savings, and economic insecurity have ranked among […]

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Policy backgrounder

Published on 26/02/2020

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 February 24, Statistics Canada released the latest results from the Canadian Income Survey – the main dataset we use to track poverty. But this year’s edition also uses an updated version of Canada’s federally adopted poverty line — the market basket measure or MBM — to more accurately reflect the costs of living in […]

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Opinion

Published on 25/02/2020

The Ontario government is piloting significant changes to how employment and training supports are delivered to social assistance recipients. These changes could adversely affect the quality of services provided to people living in poverty.

The Ontario government made a commitment more than a year ago to transform social assistance—Ontario’s welfare programs that support those living in deep poverty. Its goal is to get people “back to work” while lowering the number of people receiving support. To do this, the government first announced changes that would decrease the amount of […]

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Interview

Published on 25/02/2020

Garima Talwar Kapoor talks to the hosts of the Ontario Loud podcast about the provincial government's proposed changes to employment and skills training for social assistance recipients.

Over a year ago, the Ontario government announced its plan to transform social assistance—Ontario’s welfare programs that support those living in deep poverty. While the government eventually cancelled many of its proposed changes to the income support side of social assistance, it is planning to move ahead with changes to the services provided as part […]

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