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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Published on 29/04/2022

It’s simple: every person needs a home, and it is our governments' job to use all tools they have to make sure that can happen. But the plan has to be more than just “build more.”

Who decided that private developers would be the ones to get us out of the housing crisis? And that building was our only way out? It’s not as if leaving housing to the private market has worked out for us so far. Quite the opposite. While the private market serves some parts of our population […]

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Policy brief

Published on 28/04/2022

This policy brief breaks down Budget 2022’s housing plan and suggests ways the federal government can better address the housing affordability challenges of those who are most in need.

Download the policy brief On April 7, 2022, the federal government released its 2022 Budget: A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable. A key piece of the government’s plan is to address the housing affordability crisis by providing over $10 billion in funding over five years through different programs and measures […]

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Published on 11/04/2022

Remarks to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on the proposed Bill 109, More Homes for Everyone Act, 2022.

Good afternoon. My name is Garima Talwar Kapoor, and I am the Director of Policy and Research at Maytree. My colleague, Samantha DiBellonia (Policy Lead, Maytree), is also joining us today. Maytree is a charitable organization that works to advance systemic solutions to poverty through a human rights approach. We believe that the most enduring […]

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Published on 30/03/2022

Governments and candidates vying for office should have a workable plan to fight poverty, with defined goals, steps, targets, timelines, and budgets.

The past two years have been full of change. And though it might seem like a distant memory now, when the pandemic first struck, we met that change with a spirit of collective action that for many was as much of a shock as the virus itself. Governments at all levels worked co-operatively, quickly, and […]

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Policy brief

Published on 25/03/2022

Ontario’s system of supports for people with low incomes is ineffective and in need of significant improvement. This briefing provides recommendations for strengthening social assistance and broader supports for the low-income population in Ontario.

This policy brief was first published on the Ontario 360 website for its “ON360 Transition Briefings 2022.” Issue Ontario’s system of supports for people with low incomes is not reflective of today’s social, economic, and labour market realities. Ontario’s social assistance system is particularly ineffective and in need of significant improvement. A newly elected Ontario […]

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Published on 28/02/2022

When it comes to public consultation, some people seem to get their voices heard loud and clear, while others are left out of the conversation completely.

Sometimes NIMBYs get a bad rap. You know the type: the Not-In-My-Back-Yard people who oppose change in their neighbourhood, from the siting of new condo developments, or shelters or supportive housing, to the regularization of multi-tenant housing (a.k.a. rooming houses) – any change that threatens the “character of the neighbourhood.” NIMBYs are self-interested homeowners looking […]

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Series: Advancing justice

Published on 23/02/2022

Using data, storytelling, and history, Laura Arndt explains why the criminal justice system is still in a state of crisis as it relates to Indigenous Peoples, and what can be done about it.

This article is part of our series, “Advancing justice,” which explores the relationship between human rights, poverty, racism, and the criminal justice system. “The Canadian criminal justice system has failed the Aboriginal peoples of Canada — First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, on-reserve and off-reserve, urban and rural — in all territorial and governmental jurisdictions. […]

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Published on 22/02/2022

As the Ontario government makes changes to the community housing system, Maytree has three recommendations for consideration, including keeping tenants’ needs top of mind.

Download the submission (PDF) This submission provides Maytree’s insights and analysis to the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing regarding proposed amendments to O. Reg. 367/11 under the Housing Services Act, 2011 (HSA). The proposed regulatory amendments under the HSA are intended to operationalize legislative changes focused on establishing a new Service Agreement framework […]

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Published on 15/02/2022

Pandemic benefit programs continue the decades-long trend of ignoring the relentless emergency faced by Canadians who live in deep poverty.

Originally published on Policy Options February 14, 2022 In 2020, the federal government spent over $160 billion on COVID-19 pandemic response measures. These expenses were critical in supporting recently unemployed workers and affected businesses in a time of uncertainty. However, supports through programs like the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Recovery Benefit […]

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