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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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Translations available in French, Gujarati and Simple Traditional Chinese.


Voice of ExperienceRecent publications

Double or Nothing: Why northern Scarborough has no Neighbourhood Improvement Areas and what we can do about it.

Voice of Experience: Engaging people with lived experience of poverty in consultations

The Cost of Poverty in Ontario: 10 Years Later


Scarborough ProfileRecent presentations

Scarborough Profile: Understanding and explaining poverty in Scarborough

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