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Open Policy Ontario is the social policy consultancy of John Stapleton.

John Stapleton
John Stapleton

John Stapleton is a writer, instructor and Innovation Fellow with the Metcalf Foundation.

He worked for the Ontario Government for 28 years in the areas of social assistance policy and operations and was Research Director for the Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working-Age Adults in Toronto. John teaches on public policy for community advocates and is extensively published in local and national media.

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What is policy? - first slide from John Stapleton's course on policyNeed help framing and articulating policy issues for governments and other bodies?

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Translations available in French, Gujarati and Simple Traditional Chinese.


A fortune left on the table: why should low-income adults have to pass up government benefits?Recent publications

A Fortune Left on the Table – Why should low-income adults have to pass up government benefits?

Low Income Adults in the Informal Economy


The East Steeles Nexus of PovertyRecent presentations

The East Steeles Nexus of Poverty – Understanding and explaining poverty in Northern Scarborough and Southern Markham

The “App Gap” – Why low income people find it so difficult and expensive to apply for benefits