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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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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Submission

Published on 05/06/2019

Maytree submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology 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 Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology regarding Bill C-97, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 19, 2019 and other measures Maytree offered comments and recommend amendments to Bill C-97. Our comments were specific to Division 19 to enact the National […]

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Speech

Published on 05/06/2019

Oral presentation to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology regarding Bill C-97

Oral presentation to the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology regarding Bill C-97, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 19, 2019 and other measures June 5, 2019 Good afternoon. My name is Garima Talwar Kapoor, and I am the Director of Policy and Research […]

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Report

Published on 31/05/2019

This report examines why youth in and from care in Ontario face systemic and multi-faceted barriers in getting a quality education, and makes recommendations on how to improve the situation.

Download the report Youth in and from care in Ontario face systemic and multi-faceted barriers in getting a quality education. Educational attainment rates are extremely low. As education is a key social and economic right, public policies that help to uphold these rights for children and youth in care are needed. In their absence, it […]

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Opinion

Published on 30/05/2019

With its new development, Sidewalk Toronto has a chance to create an equitable and inclusive model of city-building. We put together five ideas on how the project can do that.

Sidewalk Labs has announced that it could reveal its master plan for Toronto’s new smart city as early as next month. With the project gaining momentum, let’s step away from the debates surrounding data and privacy for a moment, and consider a different and equally important discussion — inclusive city-building. Inclusion is already on Sidewalk’s […]

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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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