2020 was the year that changed everything. It changed the way we live, work, and connect. While COVID-19 is a global story of health, housing, and employment, it is foremost a story of inequity. The pandemic shone a spotlight on historic and systemic inequities and challenged us to rethink our priorities. Over the past year, […]
The recent federal budget was an opportunity to make significant progress to establish a new normal to create a stronger, more equitable Canada. Racism, poverty, inadequate and unaffordable housing, and scarce mental health resources are all pre-existing pandemics that put equity-seeking groups at greater risk than others. This budget correctly rejects the idea that a […]
As we live through an unprecedented crisis, the upcoming Federal Budget and future COVID-19 recovery plans must establish a new normal to create a stronger, more equitable Canada. To establish this new normal, we have to start by first recognizing that many other pandemics – including racism, poverty, inadequate and unaffordable housing, and scarce mental […]
Like many across Canada, North America and the world, the Board of Directors of the Wellesley Institute is saddened and outraged by the killing of George Floyd, and by the violence and institutional injustice in response to protests against anti-Black racism and police brutality. Members of the Board are also painfully aware that anti-Black racism […]
Thriving in retirement means that an individual’s physical, mental, and social health and well-being needs have been met. This includes living in stable, safe housing, eating healthy foods and staying physically active, connecting with family and friends, continuing to learn new skills, contributing to one’s community, and managing emerging health care needs throughout the aging […]
Wellesley Institute conducted a rapid analysis on the accessibility of recently announced COVID-19 income support programs and benefits. These included changes to child benefit, employment assistance and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Access the report below.
As you know, over recent months, governments and organizations have been responding in various ways to address the spread of COVID-19.The World Health Organization has determined that COVID-19 has reached the level of a global pandemic. As a precaution and to decrease the spread of the virus, Wellesley Institute staff will be working remotely until […]
The ﬁrst phase of the Thriving Retirement project demonstrates that in order for an older adult to thrive, rather than just get by, an individual needs to meet their basic living expenses, social needs, maintain connections to community and family – all while also managing day-to-day health expenses and preparing for sudden changes in health […]
Continue ReadingThe Haves and the Have Nots: What proportion of older adults are not earning the thriving retirement income in the Toronto CMA? Download PublicationThe Haves and the Have Nots: What proportion of older adults are not earning the thriving retirement income in the Toronto CMA?
Refugees often deal with many issues that increase their vulnerability to diseases during the migration process. Refugees are extremely resilient people and while there are diagnosed physical and mental health problems that may be higher among some, upon arrival in a host country refugees often report good self-perceived physical and mental health. In our latest […]
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