Income Security

The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health crisis that demands quick and effective public policy responses.

Maytree’s work focuses on providing resources and ideas to governments and organizations working on policy solutions that support people living in poverty during the crisis and in the long term.


How does the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) impact eligibility of provincial benefits?
This policy backgrounder by John Stapleton and Anne Tweddle provides an overview of how provincial and territorial governments are treating receipt of the CERB for those receiving social assistance and/or living in subsidized housing. It also looks at provisions for youth aging out of care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Policy ideas and opinions

One string is not a safety net – it’s a tightrope
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.

Glass half full? The impact of CERB on people receiving social assistance in Ontario
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.

Reconstructing care for seniors
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.

First things first: Help people pay their rent
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.

We’re setting the precedent – let’s make it a good one
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.

COVID-19 is a wake-up call for governments on household financial security
Even before the COVID-19 crisis hit, Canadians were deeply concerned about their household finances.