Since businesses and the economy began to re-open, many workers have gone back to work, while childcare providers have had to reduce their capacity due to physical distancing measures. That is why investment in childcare is more crucial than ever.
Yet, the Liberal government’s deal with the provinces misses the mark when it comes to funding for child care. Leaving things unchanged and families struggling.
Parents can’t go back to work until they have a safe place to send their kids.
Since women make up about half of Canada's workforce, economic recovery is mathematically impossible without women going back to work. But, there's no recovery without support for women and for many this includes childcare.
It’s simple, childcare is fundamental to restarting our economy.
Justin Trudeau needs to stop treating childcare like a “privilege”, instead of a “necessity”. He needs to fund a universal child care program in Canada.
In August, Trudeau’s Liberals supported an NDP motion asking for an additional $2 billion in emergency funding, but until this very day they have failed to honour their word.
This funding is essential to stabilize the child care sector across the country, to help providers following health directives and to create new affordable licensed childcare spaces across the country.
Add your name to call on Justin Trudeau to immediately invest the $2 billion he promised to Canadians and commit to making universal childcare a reality by
• Investing an additional $20 billion over four years
• Working with the provinces, territories, and Indigenous governments to establish a national, affordable early learning childcare system.
• Enshrining this commitment to quality, affordable publicly funded childcare into law, and set out the principles, conditions, and requirements for federal transfer payments to provinces (like the Canada Health Act) with a right for Quebec to opt out with compensation.
• To commit $10 million right away to an Affordable Child Care Action Fund and create a national childcare secretariat.