In his address to the UN General Assembly last fall, Prime Minister Trudeau made it clear that Canada’s advocacy on human rights abroad needed to be backed up by greater protections for human rights at home. With the release of the National Housing Strategy last November, the federal government took an important step in that […]
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Published on 25/06/2018
We must embed the right to housing in legislation and support that commitment with strong institutions and procedures that empower Canadians to claim their rights, ensure meaningful accountability, and achieve better housing outcomes.
Published on 31/05/2018
Submission to CMHC’s National Consultation on a Human Rights-Based Approach to Housing
Submission to CMHC’s National Consultation on a Human Rights-Based Approach to Housing In November 2017, the federal government published Canada’s first National Housing Strategy – a 10-year, $40-billion plan to give more Canadian’s a place to call home. Crucially, the Strategy recognized that “housing rights are human rights” and announced new legislation, institutions, and programs […]
Published on 29/05/2018
The conventional narrative about an aging society depicts this change as a looming threat to national resources. The report argues for a paradigm shift in the current story and explores a range of alternative policy responses.
Download the report (PDF). Population aging is one of the most significant demographic trends affecting Canada and the world. The 2016 Census found that the population of people aged 65 and older in Canada is experiencing its fastest growth since Confederation, with seniors outnumbering children. And on a global scale, the number of seniors is […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. Overview: Income security in Ontario The provincial government is responsible for a wide […]
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 […]
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, […]