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

John Stapleton
John Stapleton

John Stapleton worked for the Ontario Government in the Ministry of Community and Social Services for 28 years in the areas of social assistance policy and operations. During his early career, John was senior policy advisor to the Social Assistance Review Committee. His more recent government work concerned the implementation of the National Child Benefit.

He is a Commissioner with the Ontario Soldiers’ Aid Commission and is a volunteer with West Neighbourhood House and WoodGreen Community Services of Toronto. John was Research Director for the Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working-Age Adults in Toronto and was the co-chair of the working group associated with this project. He is undertaking an Innovation Fellowship with the Metcalf Foundation. He teaches public policy and is a member of the 25 in 5 anti-poverty group. He sits on the federal Minister Duclos’ advisory committee on poverty reduction, the Minister of Community and Social Services advisory group on social assistance reform and Toronto’s advisory group on poverty reduction.

John has published op-eds in the Globe & Mail, National Post and the Toronto Star. He has written reviews for the Literary Review of Canada and written articles and studies for Ideas that Matter, the University of Toronto, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the C.D. Howe Institute, the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation, the Caledon Institute, The Toronto Dominion Financial Group, the Metcalf Foundation, the Ontario Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, Employment and Social Development Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs, Civic Action and many others.

John serves as chair of the Board of West Scarborough Community Legal Services and is a member of the Council on Aging of Ottawa’s Expert Panel on Income Security. He is the Past President of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.


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