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RESEARCH AND POLICY UPDATES
SEPTEMBER 2018

What have we been doing?

For more than a century, Wellesley has been improving the health and well-being of people in the Greater Toronto area. Over the next four years, we will continue to strengthen our partnerships with stakeholders and community, cultivate new voices on our team, expand our reach, and strive to be the leading organization working to advance the social determinants of health.

Read our Strategic Plan 2018-2022 for what the next four years will hold.

Wellesley Institute Launches Healthy Budget Builder TO

This September, we launched Healthy Budget Builder TO. an interactive tool that allows users to build their own City of Toronto budget. Users get to make the decisions on what programs to fund and what taxes to use to pay for them.

We intend to help contribute to a more informed conversation on the City budget.

We believe that informed and evidenced-based conversations are a necessary foundation for making better decisions, and ultimately a healthier and more equitable city.

Every week we will release tallies on Twitter and Facebook so you can see how your fellow Torontonians have budgeted.

Build your own budget now!
Results are in! Tallies from Wellesley's Healthy Budget Builder saw housing emerged as a big concern, with the majority of users putting money toward rent subsidies. In a new blog, WI researcher Scott Leon unpacks what this means for health. Read more.
Blogs

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Where is the refuge for refugee claimants in Toronto?

Our efforts to find shelter for refugee claimants in Toronto must continue, while also working to find solutions to address systemic issues like affordable housing. 

Keep Reading

Tight rental markets in the GTA and low incomes set people up for discrimination

Strategies to address housing must consider how discrimination impacts equitable access to housing. We wrote a blog about it! Read more

The either/or of retirement: What does it really cost to thrive?

Unfortunately for some Ontarians, the dream of “the golden years” will be just that – a dream. To learn more about Thriving in the City for older adults, keep reading.

Read Our Blog!
Publications

Ensuring Equitable Access to OHIP Registration for Newborns

We wrote a consultation paper to identify gaps and opportunities to clarify and improve the existing infant OHIP registration process with the goal of ensuring all newborns have access to OHIP in a timely and barrier-free way. Download Now.

Fair & Inclusive Compensation for Research Participants: A Guideline

We conducted research to understand what fair compensation looks like and developed a set of guidelines for REBs and researchers to refer to when reviewing and developing study designs and budgets. Download Now

Read More Publications
Upcoming Events
Elevate Social Impact Conference
DATE: SEPTEMBER 26, 2018
LOCATION: NORTH YORK CENTRAL LIBRARY

WI researcher Scott Leon will be speaking in the social impact track.
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