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Wellesley Institute

Toronto-based health and health equity research and policy institute.

The Wellesley Institute is a Toronto-based non-profit and non-partisan research and policy institute. We focus on developing research, policy and community mobilization to advance population health.
Blanket Budget Cuts Come At A Cost To Toronto's Most

Blanket Budget Cuts Come At A Cost To Toronto's Most Vulnerable

The City of Toronto is currently being asked to make a 2.6 per cent cut on public health, recreation, transit, childcare, affordable housing and everything else. This would almost certainly mean a reduction in services that promote health and well-being. Blanket cuts may balance the books, but the impacts are not equitable.
11/18/2016 02:24 EST
Canada's Mental Health Services Are Leaving Too Many

Canada's Mental Health Services Are Leaving Too Many Behind

In my experience, equity in Canada's health systems is discussed a lot, but that seldom translates into effective action to ensure equal access and equal outcomes for all people regardless of their race or culture. Provinces rarely have a person who is in charge of health equity; lacking health equity plans or targets.
10/18/2016 12:03 EDT
Toronto's Food Insecurity Can't Be Fixed By

Toronto's Food Insecurity Can't Be Fixed By Charity

Food insecurity -- the inability to afford sufficient food because of inadequate income -- is a health equity issue. It affects individuals' health in the short term but has long-term impacts: children from food insecure households are more likely to have poor physical and mental health, are more likely to go to the hospital, and have poorer academic performance and cognitive outcomes in later life.
06/06/2016 06:21 EDT
A Good Budget Can Offer A Blueprint For Our

A Good Budget Can Offer A Blueprint For Our Health

Our health is shaped by where we live, grow, play and work. When you think about it, budgets are really a blueprint for our health. A good budget is one that provides opportunities for good health for all Ontarians, and this budget moves us in the right direction on postsecondary education and climate change.
03/08/2016 03:37 EST
Two Big Changes For Toronto Community

Two Big Changes For Toronto Community Housing

The task force on Toronto Community Housing Corporation, headed by Senator Art Eggleton, has proposed bold strategic change. TCHC houses about one-quarter of Greater Toronto's tenants with low incomes, so its future is important for the health and social well-being of this city and region. Although our former mayor TCHC's problems on poor management, a new report makes it clear that the problems are broader and the fix must be strategic.
02/02/2016 12:22 EST
Turning Trudeau's Housing Promises Into A

Turning Trudeau's Housing Promises Into A Strategy

The federal government must proceed in partnership with the provinces to avoid needless conflicts and ensure the new program meets diverse needs. In Canada's housing programs of the 1960s to 1980s, the federal government decided the funding framework, put in at least half the funds, and got political credit for it, but the provinces administered most programs. It was a successful recipe, adaptable to today.
11/06/2015 01:26 EST
Enhancing Employment Insurance Will Benefit All

Enhancing Employment Insurance Will Benefit All Canadians

The EI system is an important component of Canada's social safety net. Over the last two decades, however, a series of changes to EI as well as labour market shifts have made it more difficult for Canadian workers to access EI benefits. Thankfully, fixing the erosion of Canada's EI system was featured in this federal election.
11/03/2015 12:00 EST
What's Next For Prescription Drug Coverage In

What's Next For Prescription Drug Coverage In Canada?

Too few Canadians have access to medically necessary prescription drugs. Canada is the only country with a universal health care system that does not include prescription drugs. This has created a paradox where Canadians can see their doctor at no cost but many have no ability to purchase the drugs that they are prescribed and that they need for good health. One in 10 Canadians doesn't take a prescription as directed because of cost.
10/29/2015 08:50 EDT
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Prioritizes Trade Over

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Prioritizes Trade Over Health

The TPP court could pose a roadblock for Canada to fulfill its obligations with regard to the right to health, including access to healthcare and the underlying social determinants of health. For example, the TPP could block governments from establishing a national PharmaCare plan that would increase access to prescription drugs but could decrease pharmaceutical companies' profitability.
10/20/2015 05:34 EDT
The Sharing Economy Might Be Making You

The Sharing Economy Might Be Making You Sick

The success of Airbnb and Uber -- two of the largest sharing economy platforms -- stems from their ability to offer lower prices for consumers, lower barriers to entry for service providers, work flexibility, and ease of connecting with renters/users. But what's behind the bargains seems to be posing potential health risks for service providers and service users alike. The sharing economy is not generating what would be considered to be "good" jobs.
09/20/2015 09:01 EDT