A proposal to build financial security for lower- and modest-income Canadians Download report (PDF) Lower- and modest-income Canadians face challenges when it comes to building asset wealth. Studies estimate that half of households have insufficient savings to stay above the poverty line for three months. This report proposes a targeted policy intervention to help boost […]
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.
Published on 07/02/2019
British Columbia has a chance to improve sharply the effectiveness of its child benefits for low-income families for relatively little cost.
Download the report How can the BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit be improved? The Canada Child Benefit is the federal government’s second largest cash transfer program at $24 billion annually. Alongside this, most provinces have their own supplement to the Canada Child Benefit. Even though families tend to receive less in child benefit through their […]
Published on 29/01/2019
Maytree’s new Director of Policy and Research reflects on why the next era of social policy development must put social and economic rights at the heart of policy.
I learned quite early that policy can have a major impact on shaping your life. I was just 8 years old when my grade 2 teacher convinced my parents that they had to take me to see a new family doctor. While our former physician thought that I was just a kid who was relentlessly […]
Published on 29/01/2019
The Ontario government's proposed changes to OHIP+ indicate that families with private prescription drug coverage will be required to pay out-of-pocket for any costs not covered by their plans. This will have a burdensome impact on working families with low incomes.
Submission to the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care regarding proposed amendments related to OHIP+ When the OHIP+ change was first announced, the government indicated that OHIP+ would become a “second-payer” program – families with children who have private insurance plans would bill those plans first and the government would cover all remaining eligible […]
Published on 29/01/2019
Maytree's submission to the federal government’s 2019 pre-budget consultations focuses on a single program: the disability tax credit.
Submission to the Minister of Finance regarding federal budget 2019 While Maytree’s work touches on a variety of policies and programs that affect the lives of Canadians living in poverty, our submission to the federal government’s 2019 pre-budget consultations focuses on a single program: the disability tax credit. Read the full submission (PDF) The disability […]
Published on 14/12/2018
2018 might be the last year we coast by without deliberate ambitions to strengthen our cities.
Canadians have gotten used to seeing their cities rise in global rankings of best places to live. Earlier this year, in keeping with a ten-year trend, the Economist’s Global Liveability Index again awarded Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto spots in the top ten best cities for overall quality of life, based on their performance in categories […]
Published on 04/12/2018
Sherri Torjman looks at policy remedies for the Catch-22s facing persons with disabilities who seek social assistance, and the need to move beyond short-term solutions to a more robust conceptualization of disability policy rooted in human rights.
Download report (PDF) Persons with disabilities face a Catch-22 when they seek government assistance. In order to be eligible for disability-related financial aid or support programs, applicants must show proof of severe limitation in functional capacity. The greater their incapacity, the more supports they receive. In short, doing worse means doing better. Yet the reverse […]
Published on 30/11/2018
On Thursday November 22, Minister MacLeod announced the outcome of Ontario’s 100-day review of social assistance. This short backgrounder explains what earnings exemptions are and what the proposed changes mean.
Download the backgrounder (PDF) On Thursday November 22, Minister MacLeod announced the outcome of Ontario’s 100-day review of social assistance. It included details of how earnings exemptions for social assistance recipients will change. This short backgrounder explains what earnings exemptions are and what the changes mean. What are earnings exemptions? Most social assistance programs withdraw […]
Published on 28/11/2018
The province's one-hundred-day social assistance review was more a series of directions or intentions rather than specific program changes. Many of the announced reforms are still too vague to assess. But some are problematic, writes Maytree Fellow Michael Mendelson.
Analysis of the just announced reforms to social assistance resulting from the Ontario government’s “one-hundred-day” review will have to wait until further details are made public. Many of the reforms are still too vague to assess. For example, the government promised to improve “employment services for people receiving social assistance, placing a greater focus on […]