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One of the foremost experts on poverty in Canada, John Stapleton has dedicated the greater part of the past fifty years to improving income security for all Canadians. Following a  twenty-eight year...
Metcalf Innovation Fellow John Stapleton explores the difficulties that social assistance recipients face when pursuing self-employment.
Overly strict welfare eligibility rules are forcing Ontario’s newly unemployed to divest themselves of all their assets, crippling their chances for an economic recovery. Why Don’t We Want the...
Please join us on December 2nd, 2010 for a discussion with John Stapleton, Catherine Porter, Linda Chamberlain, and Pat Capponi about the issues raised in this paper.
As a foundation, we believe that it is vital to tackle tough issues, share knowledge, and learn collectively. Several people featured in this issue embody these values.
Written by Metcalf Innovation Fellow John Stapleton, with contributions by Dr. Carl James and Dr. Kofi Hope, The Working Poor in the Toronto Region is Metcalf’s third in a series aimed at illuminating the realities of working poverty in our region and providing an overview of the factors driving the continued rise in numbers. Drawing on census data from 2016, and by disaggregating the data, Stapleton identifies that in Toronto CMA, 46% of the working-age population is racialized, yet 63% of the working poor are racialized. Some of the highest rates of working poverty are among Toronto’s Black communities. Dr. James and Dr. Hope provide contextual framing for how this data might be interpreted.
Metcalf Innovation Fellow John Stapleton’s recent report, "The Working Poor in the Toronto Region" shows that the number of people who work and yet live in poverty continues to increase. To provide insight into these trends, Metcalf invited three colleagues to share their thoughts on the report.
In 2017, anti-poverty activist Bee Lee Soh and John Stapleton were selected to participate on the federal government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty. Despite the best of intentions to create an inclusive process, Soh faced many challenges to participation. In Voice of Experience: Engaging People with Lived Experience of Poverty in Consultations, Stapleton and Soh identify barriers and impediments to participation, and suggest ways in which government entities can address these barriers to ensure successful inclusion of people with lived experience of poverty in policy consultations.
In late 2016, the Ontario government announced its intention to carry out a basic income pilot project in communities across the province. Using the budgets of four people receiving income security benefits, John Stapleton’s report reveals how each person is served by our current income security system and how a basic income could alter their circumstances.
It has been an exciting start to the new year here at Metcalf. We have concluded our Green Prosperity paper series with a comprehensive report outlining the next steps for increasing...
In this newsletter we are pleased to share a variety of stories about our grantees and highlight new papers from our three program areas. Respectively, the papers address issues pertaining to arts...
On May 1, the Foundation hosted an evening of ideas and dialogue (see pictures and caption above). The topic was how to strengthen the integrity of our environment while also facilitating sustainable...
Toronto’s prosperity is not shared by all. Poverty strains the social and economic fabric of our city. Increasing access to quality jobs, improving low-wage work for precarious workers, and...
A key priority of our work at the Foundation is to encourage collaboration between our remarkable community of partners and grantees. In this newsletter, you’ll read about the Inclusive Local...
For our annual Board Tour this fall we visited The Theatre Centre (see photo above) and Artscape Youngplace. The theme of the day was the importance of seeding collaborative work. This newsletter...
It is my pleasure, as Acting President and CEO of the Metcalf Foundation, to share the Foundation’s summer newsletter with you. Highlights include the exploration of a shared charitable platform in...
We convene people around areas of shared interest, host workshops and events, and help amplify the important work of Metcalf grantees. In this section we profile stories about our efforts and that of...
It has been a busy but inspiring time here. As I prepare to leave on sabbatical I’m reminded of how the concerns of civil society remain relatively constant. What changes is our ability to see...
Last week, we released Metcalf Innovation Fellow Graham Saul’s paper Environmentalists, what are we fighting for?
In this newsletter we highlight developments from our three programs and welcome the newest member to the Metcalf team. We are also pleased to share news of Fringe Toronto’s crowdfunding platform,...
From the establishment of a grand new home for The Theatre Centre, to ripping up and removing pavement — we’re delighted to be able to share a variety of stories that celebrate creative thinking...
The new year is off to a promising start for us and for our remarkable partners. We have many stories to share from our Fellowships, events and gatherings, and our grantees. Topics range from...
John Stapleton joins fellow panelists to discuss the possibility of breaking the cycle of poverty in Ontario, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVO. September 23, 2014. 42 min.
Our work at the Foundation is often driven by informed experimentation, as we support people and groups that are testing ambitious strategies to drive sustainable, large-scale change. By way of...
Metcalf Foundation activities are continuing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates here.