Winter is finally here and city services and non-profit agencies prepare for an influx of people seeking shelter from harsh weather. Toronto’s Cold Weather Plan lays out a number of different options for ensuring that Toronto’s most vulnerable residents are protected from the health impacts of cold weather. These include the shelter system, which operates […]
Asthma is the most common childhood chronic disease, with approximately 13 percent of children in Ontario diagnosed with the condition. Childhood asthma is associated with higher rates of disability, school absences, and poor academic performance. The household environment is a key determinant of health for those living with asthma. This paper describes how current multi-trigger, multicomponent […]
This systematic review of peer-reviewed literature focuses on identifying which home-based indoor air quality interventions have shown to reduce asthma morbidity among low-income children.
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 […]
The place where we grow up, spend our lives, and grow older deeply affects our health and our opportunities in life. A national housing strategy is a route to better living conditions and improved health outcomes for all Canadians. A wave of recent research has documented the essential role of housing in health, and in […]
In Ontario, there is great concern about chronic homelessness and renewed attention to supportive housing for those living with mental illness or addictions. This in-depth report takes a broader look at supportive housing for these populations. We ask, what exists today and how did it come to be? What different approaches exist? What ideas and […]
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 […]
This report provides preliminary population-based estimates of need for housing with support for people with serious mental illness or addiction in Ontario.