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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Speech

Published on 09/05/2019

Oral presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance regarding Bill C-97, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 19, 2019 and other measures

Remarks on proposed amendments to the National Housing Strategy Act Oral presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance regarding Bill C-97, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 19, 2019 and other measures May 8, 2018 Good evening. My name is Elizabeth McIsaac, and I […]

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Submission

Published on 09/05/2019

Maytree submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance regarding Bill C-97, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 19, 2019 and other measures

Maytree submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance regarding Bill C-97, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 19, 2019 and other measures In our submission, Maytree offered comments and recommended amendments to Bill C-97. Our comments were specific to Division 19 to enact the […]

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Opinion

Published on 26/04/2019

Canadian cities are at the centre of the current crisis of affordable housing and homelessness. Empowering cities to find rights-based solutions is key to protecting and growing adequate housing.

On April 8, the federal government introduced Bill C-97, the Budget Implementation Act, 2019, which included the National Housing Strategy Act. This is a significant milestone as we work towards enshrining the right to housing in Canada. While amendments are needed to see the National Housing Strategy Act fully deliver on the promise of recognizing […]

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Policy backgrounder

Published on 23/04/2019

This policy backgrounder summarizes the aspects of the 2019 Ontario budget relevant to Maytree’s work.

Overview On April 11, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli tabled the first budget of this government. While most of the focus was on the government’s path towards eliminating the province’s $11.7 billion deficit by 2023-24, few specific details were provided on how those savings would be realized. The government’s plan, broadly, rested on less than 1 […]

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Opinion

Published on 28/03/2019

Introduced in the 2019 federal budget, the Canada Training Benefit has the potential to be transformative.

The 2019 federal budget introduced the Canada Training Benefit (CTB) to help support Canadians with the cost of training and re-training over the course of their working-age years. Even with its unassuming name, the CTB has the potential to be transformative. The CTB has two parts. The first, the Canada Training Credit (CTC), will help […]

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Policy backgrounder

Published on 26/03/2019

This policy backgrounder summarizes the aspects of the budget relevant to Maytree’s work.

On March 19, 2019, Finance Minister Bill Morneau presented the final budget of this government. The highlights of the budget included support for first-time home buyers, retraining during working-age, retirement security, and funding for a national drugs agency to start initial work on important parts of a (potential) pharmacare program. There was also a significant […]

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Opinion

Published on 13/03/2019

The structural issues pervading health care also affect our social assistance system.

The Ontario government’s recent announcement on the future of the province’s health care system was significant. But we need to think even bigger. As the debate continues on the right path for health care, we cannot lose sight of the fact that the announcement was both instructive for, and dependent on, the changes coming to Ontario’s social […]

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Opinion

Published on 01/03/2019

A look at three practical policy solutions to help Canadians buffer financial risks and build a secure financial foundation for today and the future.

Canada’s economy is doing well, our unemployment rate is at its lowest level in decades, and the average net worth of Canadians is increasing. If we look more closely at the financial health of Canadian households, though, the numbers tell a contrasting story. Technological change, globalization and automation have transformed Canada’s labour market, and rising […]

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Opinion

Published on 27/02/2019

There is a solution for non-profit sector workers and their employers who want to ensure that their staff can plan for retirement: the Common Good retirement plan.

February should come with more than just weather warnings. If you’re leading a non-profit organization in Canada, you should be warned that your staff may be more distracted this time of year. They may even seem distressed. Throughout February, our media are filled with messages about the need to contribute to a Registered Retirement Savings […]

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