The COVID-19 virus is clever. Most people who spread COVID-19 do not know that they have it. They have no symptoms at all, they are early in their illness and have mild symptoms, or they are getting better and do not know their illness was COVID-19. If we want to stop the spread, we have […]
The Old Normal Since long before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, our policies failed to tackle the root causes of health inequalities by not addressing the economic polarization and control of wealth by the very rich in Canada. There has been a clear upward trend in wealth inequality since the mid-1980s, and since the 1990s, taxes relative […]
COVID-19 has changed everything. But COVID-19 has changed nothing. It has shown us that the old normal was not working because it made us more susceptible to the pandemic. We were not properly investing in health and social services. We were not looking after the most vulnerable. And, we were creating new vulnerable populations through […]
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 […]
In this study, we aim to quantify the number of Black people, aged 25-40 years old, living alone in Toronto and are not earning a thriving income. Three key findings were found. First, the Black population disproportionately represents the largest group to earn below the thriving income. Second, Black women are more likely to earn […]
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.
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?
Recently, there has been talk of possible policy changes that could affect tenant protections in Ontario. These include shortening eviction timelines, allowing private bailiffs to enforce evictions, and perhaps removing Landlord Tenant Board hearings altogether for certain evictions. While up-to-date information on evictions – both formal and informal – are difficult to acquire, we know […]
This report illustrates that Torontonians experience a different city depending on where they live, work and play. While the risk factors and indicators identified in this report each have an independent impact on mental health, they often overlap geographically. Some neighbourhoods in Toronto are facing multiple stressors at once, suggesting that they may face increased […]
Continue ReadingStress Report: A snapshot of socioeconomic status, housing quality and crime across Toronto neighbourhoods Download PublicationStress Report: A snapshot of socioeconomic status, housing quality and crime across Toronto neighbourhoods