That the COVID-19 crisis has exposed the cracks in our social safety net has become a truism. What people living in poverty and those working on the front lines of community service have known for years has now become impossible for the wider society to ignore. We’re in a moment now where we agree that […]
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.
Published on 30/04/2020
The pursuit of a dignified, simple, and adequate social safety net in response to COVID-19 requires building and strengthening public services, systems, and income supports at the same time. We may risk too much if we focus on a single solution at the expense of everything else.
Published on 21/04/2020
COVID-19 has made the challenge of making ends meet much greater for those already in poverty. This includes the 75,000 workers in Ontario who receive social assistance.
The economic impacts of COVID-19 have spared few in our province. Amongst the hardest hit are people living in poverty receiving social assistance. Being able to pay for a full glass of orange juice has gotten just that much harder. For the poor, the cost of living has increased substantially. The closure of many food […]
Published on 16/04/2020
While it may be too early to examine the lessons from the COVID-19 crisis, it is not too soon to contemplate what the care of seniors should look like.
It may be too soon to examine the lessons from the COVID-19 crisis and consider what should have been done differently. It may also be too early for foresight when that future is far from certain. It is first essential to put out the fire before planting new trees. But it is not too soon […]
Published on 13/04/2020
The COVID-19 crisis has changed many things, but some remain the same: Housing is a human right and a necessity for individual and public health.
The COVID-19 crisis has changed many things, but some remain the same: Housing is a human right and a necessity for individual and public health. At this moment, our housing system is in crisis and we need federal leadership to fix it. We need both short- and long-term solutions, and we need to act now. […]
Published on 02/04/2020
Maytree’s submission to Ontario’s consultation on developing a new five-year poverty reduction strategy.
Download the submission (PDF) In this submission, Maytree outlines the principles that should make up the foundation of the province’s five-year poverty reduction strategy and illustrates how these principles translate into action. This strategy will be implemented amid and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis will have ripple effects across the province […]
Published on 30/03/2020
In time, we will look back on this - on the unprecedented events and how we responded. We need to make sure that we've created a precedent that keeps the protection of social and economic rights at the heart of everything that we do.
“We are in unprecedented times.” We have all heard – even said – these words too many times to count over the past weeks. But what do they mean? Living without precedent, without certainty and predictability, can be scary. Many of us feel overwhelmed, even helpless. Those of you on the front lines in our […]
Published on 26/03/2020
Even before the COVID-19 crisis hit, Canadians were deeply concerned about their household finances.
COVID-19 is not only a public health crisis. It is a crisis of household financial security. The vast economic dislocation resulting from the virus is causing very real pain and fear among Canadian families. Even before the crisis hit, Canadians were deeply concerned about their household finances. Affordability, retirement savings, and economic insecurity have ranked among […]
Published on 26/02/2020
Statistics Canada is now using an updated version of the federally adopted poverty measure, the market basket measure (MBM). Here's what you need to know about the new 2018-base MBM.
On February 24, Statistics Canada released the latest results from the Canadian Income Survey – the main dataset we use to track poverty. But this year’s edition also uses an updated version of Canada’s federally adopted poverty line — the market basket measure or MBM — to more accurately reflect the costs of living in […]
Published on 25/02/2020
The Ontario government is piloting significant changes to how employment and training supports are delivered to social assistance recipients. These changes could adversely affect the quality of services provided to people living in poverty.
The Ontario government made a commitment more than a year ago to transform social assistance—Ontario’s welfare programs that support those living in deep poverty. Its goal is to get people “back to work” while lowering the number of people receiving support. To do this, the government first announced changes that would decrease the amount of […]