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.

  • For publications by the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, visit this page.
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Opinion

Published on 28/08/2019

Cancelling the Transition Child Benefit will have devastating long-term consequences for many families in Ontario. As well, the long-term costs could easily outweigh the short-term savings.

A little over a year ago, the Government of Ontario announced that it had set itself an “accelerated 100 day deadline to develop and announce a sustainable Social Assistance program.” And despite forecasting a $600 million reduction in social assistance spending in 2019/20 as part of this reworked program, few details have emerged on how […]

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Report

Published on 09/08/2019

The paper focuses on the growing and connected affordability pressures in the rental sector.

Download the report This paper, prepared by Steve Pomeroy and Duncan Maclennan for the second convening of the Urban Project (UP), focuses on the growing and connected affordability pressures in the rental sector. The paper provides a historical overview of rental housing policy in Canada and charts changes in rental housing construction starts in major […]

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Report

Published on 30/07/2019

This new report examines possible parameters for Toronto's new inclusionary zoning policy and offers recommendations to maximize the benefits of such a policy.

Download the report (PDF) The City of Toronto is currently designing an inclusionary zoning (IZ) policy that would require affordable housing units to be included in new developments across the city. The policy is a way to address the lack of affordable rental supply in Toronto’s housing market. To inform the parameters of its IZ […]

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Opinion

Published on 30/07/2019

Five books Maytree staff are eager to share on topics ranging from street nursing and city-building to coming of age in Toronto.

For many of us, summer means a quieter time, an opportunity to finally take a break and catch up on some reading away from our computers and tablet screens. We’re turning to our summer reading piles, growing taller on our bedroom tables or office chairs. Or perhaps we’re scouring the internet or asking friends for […]

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Submission

Published on 26/07/2019

Submission by Maytree to the City of Toronto Housing Secretariat regarding the development of HousingTO

Submission to the City of Toronto’s consultation on HousingTO Download the submission (PDF) Over the course of 2019, the City of Toronto is developing HousingTO, an action plan to address the city’s housing and homelessness challenges over the next decade. Maytree’s submission to HousingTO is focused on how the City can implement a human rights-based […]

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Submission

Published on 27/06/2019

Maytree has prepared two submissions to the Ontario government in response to proposed regulatory changes affecting community housing waiting lists and rents.

Submission to the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing regarding proposed amendments related to community housing On April 17, 2019, the Ontario government launched its Community Housing Renewal Strategy to sustain, repair, and grow Ontario’s community housing system. The strategy was accompanied with a proposal to change the regulations for the social housing waiting […]

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Opinion

Published on 27/06/2019

Good public policy requires balancing social, economic, fiscal, and political considerations. Prioritizing human rights can help us find that balance.

As governments across the country rise for the summer, and as federal political parties prepare for the election this fall, we have some “quiet” time to reflect on the type of future that we envision for our communities. Importantly, this is a time to think about what public policies we need for the future we […]

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Opinion

Published on 23/06/2019

The Quayside project provides the opportunity for us to grapple with the legitimate issues it raises, work them out and emerge with something that will make our city better.

When it comes to Toronto’s Quayside, a neighbourhood project proposed by Sidewalk Labs (a subsidiary, like Google, of Alphabet), the most prevalent sense from critics has been one of doubt and fear. From the technology world, some see an ultimate horror in the evolution of an uncontrolled data environment. From the property development world, there […]

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Report

Published on 12/06/2019

The report examines challenges faced by refugee claimants and precarious migrants in accessing shelter in Toronto in distinct phases of the settlement process.

Download the report Refugee claimants and precarious migrants have to contend with a range of challenges when trying to find a place to stay in Toronto, whether that is finding temporary shelter in the first 24 to 48 hours after arrival, navigating the City’s shelter system, or securing longer-term housing. These include challenges that many […]

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