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Maytree publishes reports, backgrounders, briefs and commentaries to help inform decision-making and to engage in public discussions on social policy issues.

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Opinion

Published on 23/05/2018

It's easy to be cynical about party politics, but the people knocking on your door this election season are the engine that makes our democracy run. Here's why you should thank them.

It’s an experience familiar to many of us. Through equal parts military efficiency and magic, you’ve managed the whirlwind at the end of your day that got you home from work through subway delays, got dinner on the table, and got the kid(s) bathed and put to bed. Just when you think you can exhale […]

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Opinion

Published on 26/04/2018

It's time to make the case for cities, and a city-building lens, to create a stronger, more equitable, and more resilient province.

As the Ontario provincial election draws near, here’s one prediction we can make with a high degree of certainty: the role, powers, and livability of our cities will not be high on the agenda of any of the major parties. Beyond the political sparring of the party leaders, the campaigns will likely focus on a […]

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Report

Published on 24/04/2018

New look Social Assistance Summaries are now available with the latest data.

The Social Assistance Summaries resource presents data, provided by provincial and territorial government officials, on the number of social assistance recipients across Canada. Maytree assumed responsibility for this resource from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, which wound down in November 2017 after 25 years. In this first edition of Social Assistance Summaries to be […]

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Policy brief

Published on 18/04/2018

Ontario’s income security system is failing to meet the needs of many Ontarians with low incomes. This briefing note outlines the core challenges that merit attention from the incoming government, and highlights near-term and longer-term responses.

Issue Ontario’s income security system is failing to meet the needs of many Ontarians with low incomes, contributing to increased poverty and lost opportunities. The incoming government faces decisions on the recommendations made by expert working groups in the Income Security Roadmap.[1] Overview: Income security in Ontario The provincial government is responsible for a wide […]

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Opinion

Published on 23/03/2018

Our current income security system is failing to meet Ontario’s needs. As we get closer to the provincial election on June 7, we need to hear from party leaders about income security, a critical issue in need of urgent attention.

Our existing income security system is failing to meet Ontario’s needs. It is falling short on adequacy, design, and delivery. It is burdensome for governments to administer and for recipients to navigate. It undermines the economic growth of the province. In the long term, the costs of maintaining this status quo are far greater than […]

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Policy brief

Published on 07/03/2018

On February 27, the federal government tabled its 2018-19 budget “Growth + Equity: A Strong Middle Class.” Among the 364 pages, there were some notable policy announcements that will help reduce poverty.

Summary On February 27, the federal government tabled its 2018-19 budget “Growth + Equity: A Strong Middle Class.” Among the 364 pages, there were some notable policy announcements that will help reduce poverty. The main new measure in the budget to specifically target lower-income families was the additional funding for the Working Income Tax Benefit, […]

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Opinion

Published on 22/02/2018

To make effective Inclusionary Zoning possible, the province should let go of the desire to control how cities make decisions. Instead, it should focus on how it can work with cities to create affordable rental housing options.

In December 2017, the Ontario government published draft regulations on the use of Inclusionary Zoning in Ontario. These regulations outline limits on how municipalities can require affordable housing units to be built as part of residential developments. In an open letter to Ontario Housing Minister Peter Milczyn, Alan Broadbent writes that to make effective Inclusionary […]

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Article

Published on 13/02/2018

Does Canada’s current legal, regulatory, and policy regime sufficiently enable charities and non-profits to meet the challenges of the 21st century? To address this issue, Imagine Canada and the Philanthropist organized a panel on regulatory reform in the charitable sector.

Issues such as rising income-inequality, the effects of climate change, the opioid crisis, and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada are increasingly complex and interconnected. Their causes and solutions are linked to many other challenges, and sometimes not in obvious ways, which means that no individual organization, sub-sector, or government can really make […]

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Submission

Published on 08/02/2018

Pre-budget submission to the Minister of Finance suggesting how to make Ontario Budget 2018 the Income Security Budget

Submission to the Ontario Minister of Finance regarding Budget 2018 In the spring of 2018, the Ontario government will table the final budget of this parliament. The role of provincial budgets is to invest in residents’ wellbeing and ensure future growth. With poverty linked to negative and costly outcomes, Maytree believes that a budget that […]

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