Asthma is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality amongst children. Compared to all other age groups, Ontario’s children had the highest rates of asthma incidence in 2013. Particularly, low-income groups in Ontario have higher rates of asthma incidence and asthma-related hospitalization than those in middle- and high-income groups. With this evidence, it […]
Five years after the Ontario government adopted a Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy (LTAHS) it is preparing an updated version to set directions for the next several years. This document puts forward the key priorities that the Wellesley Institute believes should inform the Ontario government’s framework and actions in affordable housing. The planned 2015/16 update […]
It is a time of opportunity for supportive housing in Ontario. Housing and homelessness are main pillars in the government’s poverty reduction strategy. This is crucial because housing is a large factor in the social determinants of health. Whether someone’s housing is affordable, in good repair, or has the right supports or not has a […]
This is National Housing Week, when advocates call for more action on affordable housing. Usually there is talk of partnerships as the way forward. Today we have an opportunity for a major renovation of Canadian housing policy, in a bold new social partnership, and a new partnership between levels of government. Too often, the talk […]
Ontario took real steps this week toward helping all of Ontario’s people to be safely and adequately housed. In the revised Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy three changes stand out that will help improve housing conditions and therefore good health outcomes. There are many things LTAHS does not address, such as new affordable housing or […]
People who provide and advocate for affordable housing have been positive about the 2016 federal budget because it moves Canada in the right direction for the next two years. The budget boosts federal funding for new affordable housing to about $1.1 billion a year nationwide. If we bracket the large and much-needed amounts for First […]
Housing-neighbourhood connections are weaker when it comes to programs and strategies in Toronto. Of course many municipal activities affect neighbourhoods, from recreation programs to roads to policing. In this think piece we want to consider the relationship between housing-related programs and explicit neighbourhood initiatives. For the most part, the priorities in housing programs aren’t framed […]
Housing, income, food and health are all strongly linked. It is important to understand the interconnections, the vicious and virtuous cycles that feed each other, and the impact policy and program interventions can have on those cycles. Those are some of the key messages that the Wellesley Institute’s Director of Housing and Innovation, Michael Shapcott, […]
Provincial and territorial housing ministers are meeting August 20 in St John’s, NL, but the federal housing minister has rejected an invitation to join the national summit. It is the second time the federal government has refused to meet with provincial housing counterparts in two years.
The final report for Coming Together Project shares the voices and insights of women and transwomen with experiences of homelessness. This report expands on an earlier community report on a Community-Based Research project using staged photography.