The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in unprecedented job and benefits loss for workers, and its full effect on the economy still remains to be seen. Pharmacare is crucial not only for health and equity in Canada but may also hold promise for economic health. As we slowly move into a post-pandemic economy, the implementation of […]
The federal government has spoken out against the “politics of cruelty” of the Ontario government’s reduction of workers’ rights. For Canadians and Ontarians who are tired of bickering politicians, this might just feel like another political fistfight. However, moving beyond the distraction of pre-election politics, we shouldn’t forget that protecting basic workers’ rights is a […]
As researchers, we often ask people to share their experiences through interviews, focus groups, and surveys. This think piece draws on existing literature to examine not only whether payment should be used, but how it should be used to ensure that research participants are compensated in a fair and inclusive way.
Wellesley Institute conducted this survey to understand current payment practices among health researchers in the Greater Toronto Area with the aim of identifying good payment practices for equitable and ethical research.
There have been a number of recent cases of Toronto-area hospitals denying OHIP registration to newborns of parents who do not have permanent resident status. Universal healthcare has been a point of Canadian pride for decades, yet some of our most vulnerable are left without the most basic of coverage, making them susceptible to negative […]
When examining the recent cases of Toronto-area hospitals denying OHIP registration to newborns of parents who do not have permanent resident status, Wellesley Institute wanted to better understand the legal rights around qualifying for newborn health coverage. This think piece examines and unpacks the current legal framework outlining eligibility for newborns and identifies gaps between […]
Understanding people’s lived experience plays an important role in developing good policy to improve health and health equity in the GTA. When conducting research, we often ask people to participate in interviews, focus groups, and surveys. We ask them to make time in their lives to share often very personal experiences. Their contribution is vital. […]
New permanent residents are unable to receive public coverage for essential health care (OHIP) within their first three months in Ontario. This policy brief brings together research evidence on the impacts of the three-month wait and identifies options to improve access to health care for new Ontarians. Wellesley Institute’s Policy Briefs draw on our research […]
Community Health Centres (CHCs) are well-positioned as advocates for health equity in Toronto due to their unique model of care. CHCs use advocacy strategies in two ways: they advocate for policy change and they integrate advocacy into service delivery. Their capacity to advocate for policy change is however constrained by a lack of dedicated resources, […]
On February 9th, the Wellesley Institute and the Health Network for Uninsured Clients held a full day symposium which brought together settlement workers, researchers, policy makers, politicians, funders, and a range of health care providers to discuss current research, practice and policy opportunities to improve access to health care for uninsured clients and to realize […]