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February 9: Improving Access to Health Care for People Who Are Uninsured

When: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST

Where: Women's College Hospital, 76 Grenville Street, Toronto, ON  M5S 1B2

The Wellesley Institute and the Health Network for Uninsured Clients present a free, day-long symposium to identify ways to improve access to care for medically uninsured populations.

January 18, 2016

PharmaCare: Decreasing disparity between rich and poor

There are 43 different public prescription drug programs run by the federal, provincial, and territorial governments, each with their own eligibility criteria, expectations of payment, and coverage levels.

July 31, 2015

Wellesley Institute report: Low Wages, No Benefits

One-third of paid employees in Ontario don't have employer-provided medical or dental benefits, low-earners having lower levels of benefits than higher earners, and men likelier to have benefits than women.

February 18, 2015

Toronto Suburban Rooming Houses: Just a Spin on a Downtown 'Problem?

This study is the first of its kind to look at rooming houses in the inner suburbs in Toronto.

October 15, 2014

Improved Protection For Marginalized Workers, ESA

Proposed changes to the Employment Standards Act will make it easier for workers to access their rights and will provide greater protection for migrant workers in Ontario.

December 09, 2013

The Children's Fitness Tax Credit: Nice Idea, Shame about the Inequities

A new study on the effectiveness of the CFTC found that the program disproportionately benefits higher income families.

October 28, 2013

October 4: Human Rights & Housing: Ensuring Health & Affordable Homes For All

Date October 4, 2012
Time 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Place The Wellesley Institute, 10 Alcorn Avenue, Toronto

Among the initiatives to be highlighted at this conference: Housing, human rights, and planning.

September 11, 2012

Precarious work, health and income inequality

The Law Commission of Ontario has released draft recommendations on how to reform the Employment Standards Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

August 15, 2012

Fixing Social Assistance is all about Collaboration

This blog post says social assistance reform needs to come from within the Ministry of Community and Social Services, based on a strategy that brings together a range of partners.

February 03, 2012

Toronto faces human rights legal hearing on city's restrictive zoning rules

A group of psychiatric consumer/survivors alleges that zoning rules that impose minimum separations and other restrictions on supportive housing and group homes are a violation of the Human Rights Code.

January 20, 2012

Ontario set to unveil new partnership strategy for non-profit sector

Ontario Citizenship Minister Eric Hoskins is set to unveil the province's partnership strategy with the vital non-profit sector, along with Helen Burstyn of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

March 01, 2011

National housing plan legislation passes another vote in Commons: One step closer to passage

With a vote of 141 (yea) and 132 (nay), draft legislation to create a national housing plan for Canada has moved another step forward in the Commons.

November 25, 2010

Precarious Housing in Canada (2010)

The Wellesley Institute has produced a research and policy report setting out a plan for Canadians who are living in substandard, over-crowded, and unaffordable homes, plus those who are living without any housing at all.

August 19, 2010

Latest CMHC numbers confirm low, moderate-income renters priced out of private rental markets

A Wellesley Institute blog says that average rents continue their two-decade rise many times faster than renter household incomes, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation statistics.

June 15, 2010

Shared Accommodation in Downtown Toronto: A New Approach to an Old Problem

The Wellesley Institute has released a research report that examines the possibilities for improving the liveability of rooming houses, using supports provided by existing social service agencies and other community organizations.

April 12, 2010