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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Opinion

Published on 28/03/2019

Introduced in the 2019 federal budget, the Canada Training Benefit has the potential to be transformative.

The 2019 federal budget introduced the Canada Training Benefit (CTB) to help support Canadians with the cost of training and re-training over the course of their working-age years. Even with its unassuming name, the CTB has the potential to be transformative. The CTB has two parts. The first, the Canada Training Credit (CTC), will help […]

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Policy backgrounder

Published on 26/03/2019

This policy backgrounder summarizes the aspects of the budget relevant to Maytree’s work.

On March 19, 2019, Finance Minister Bill Morneau presented the final budget of this government. The highlights of the budget included support for first-time home buyers, retraining during working-age, retirement security, and funding for a national drugs agency to start initial work on important parts of a (potential) pharmacare program. There was also a significant […]

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Opinion

Published on 13/03/2019

The structural issues pervading health care also affect our social assistance system.

The Ontario government’s recent announcement on the future of the province’s health care system was significant. But we need to think even bigger. As the debate continues on the right path for health care, we cannot lose sight of the fact that the announcement was both instructive for, and dependent on, the changes coming to Ontario’s social […]

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Opinion

Published on 01/03/2019

A look at three practical policy solutions to help Canadians buffer financial risks and build a secure financial foundation for today and the future.

Canada’s economy is doing well, our unemployment rate is at its lowest level in decades, and the average net worth of Canadians is increasing. If we look more closely at the financial health of Canadian households, though, the numbers tell a contrasting story. Technological change, globalization and automation have transformed Canada’s labour market, and rising […]

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Opinion

Published on 27/02/2019

There is a solution for non-profit sector workers and their employers who want to ensure that their staff can plan for retirement: the Common Good retirement plan.

February should come with more than just weather warnings. If you’re leading a non-profit organization in Canada, you should be warned that your staff may be more distracted this time of year. They may even seem distressed. Throughout February, our media are filled with messages about the need to contribute to a Registered Retirement Savings […]

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Report

Published on 14/02/2019

This report proposes a targeted policy intervention to help boost savings and build assets among lower- and modest-income Canadians.

A proposal to build financial security for lower- and modest-income Canadians Download report (PDF) Lower- and modest-income Canadians face challenges when it comes to building asset wealth. Studies estimate that half of households have insufficient savings to stay above the poverty line for three months. This report proposes a targeted policy intervention to help boost […]

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Report

Published on 07/02/2019

British Columbia has a chance to improve sharply the effectiveness of its child benefits for low-income families for relatively little cost.

Download the report How can the BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit be improved? The Canada Child Benefit is the federal government’s second largest cash transfer program at $24 billion annually. Alongside this, most provinces have their own supplement to the Canada Child Benefit. Even though families tend to receive less in child benefit through their […]

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Opinion

Published on 29/01/2019

Maytree’s new Director of Policy and Research reflects on why the next era of social policy development must put social and economic rights at the heart of policy.

I learned quite early that policy can have a major impact on shaping your life. I was just 8 years old when my grade 2 teacher convinced my parents that they had to take me to see a new family doctor. While our former physician thought that I was just a kid who was relentlessly […]

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Submission

Published on 29/01/2019

The Ontario government's proposed changes to OHIP+ indicate that families with private prescription drug coverage will be required to pay out-of-pocket for any costs not covered by their plans. This will have a burdensome impact on working families with low incomes.

Submission to the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care regarding proposed amendments related to OHIP+ When the OHIP+ change was first announced, the government indicated that OHIP+ would become a “second-payer” program – families with children who have private insurance plans would bill those plans first and the government would cover all remaining eligible […]

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