There is only one week left to help support the Spirit Level Documentary Film. Bringing the groundbreaking work by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson to the screen is an important way to keep up the momentum of our now global conversation about inequality. Inequality impacts everyone, regardless of political stripe. This is truly an area […]
Recently, the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario announced that their report would be delayed until September. Since submitting our formal responses– one on how to build a social assistance system that enables health equity and the other a response to the Commission’s second discussion paper – the Wellesley Institute has been […]
Earlier this week, the Centre for Research on Inner City Health released a report linking patient incomes to types of admissions to hospitals in the Toronto Central LHIN. The report found that people with low and high incomes in Toronto are hospitalized for different reasons: More high income patients received same-day surgeries than low income […]
Addressing increased inequality in Ontario is a major public policy challenge. No one policy intervention on its own will be sufficient. Increasing access to unionization for Ontarians is a step in the right direction. The proposed amendments to the OLRA are very modest. They will not require increased government expenditures. These amendments do, however, have […]
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The Listening to Learn project was a community-based research project that engaged adults with physical disabilities in Burlington, Ontario in a meaningful conversation about their experiences related to housing, services, and overall quality of life. The project involved four qualitative methods of gathering data: interviews, focus groups, Photovoice, and a community forum and exhibition. The […]
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, […]
Many of us today at the Wellesley Institute were fortunate to catch Richard Wilkinson’s lecture, courtesy of MASS LBP and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. It reminded us of several things, including why the project of solving income inequality is so important, not only socially and economically, but […]
Immigration is a prominent issue in Canada’s political landscape. Clarifying the political economy of immigrant health will bring us closer to understanding why and how policy action and inaction are shaping the social inequalities in health and well-being experienced by Canada’s immigrant populations.
The federal government has introduced changes to rules governing temporary foreign workers, speeding up the process, and allowing these workers to be paid less. Working with a number of partners, the Wellesley Institute put forward a suite of policies to support the creation of good jobs Ontario. Better protection for migrant workers was a big […]
Austerity is bad for our health: Gender and distributional impacts of the Drummond recommendations.