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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 a former 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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Finding Unusual SuspectsRecent publications

Finding Unusual Suspects: Why higher social assistance rates don’t always lead to higher caseloads

Aspiring to Thrive: Building a shift to a new political economy

Upset Beat Man o’ War, But Did He Really Coin A New Sportswriting Phrase?


Covid-19 & Living in Mutual DependenceRecent presentations

Moving out of the Pandemic Storm: Will mass evictions follow?

Mutually Dependent Working Poor: Toronto CMA

Finding Unusual Suspects


John with Julie PayetteMore

John with Governor General Julie Payette and Navy veteran Don Stewart in Pontecorvo, Italy, 2019

In stride: Governor General Julie Payette