By Andy Blatchford The Canadian Press Tues., March 13, 2018 OTTAWA—The head of the Bank of Canada is pointing to Quebec’s subsidized child-care program as a possible tool to boost the entire economy because it could significantly raise female workforce participation across the country. In a speech Tuesday, bank governor Stephen Poloz used Quebec’s affordable child-care model as one way to show how Canada could unlock some of the considerable untapped potential in its labour force. Helping more women, young people, Indigenous people, recent immigrants and Canadians living with disabilities enter the job market could help the labour force expand by half a million people, he said. By his estimate, that kind of workforce injection could raise the country’s output by $30 billion per year or 1.5 per cent. Read more: One-day daycare strike in Quebec affecting 21,000 children Article Continued Below Child care all but forgotten in … [Read more...] about Bank of Canada head says subsidized child care boosts workforce potential
By Laurie Monsebraaten Social Justice Reporter Sat., March 3, 2018 Child care was the elephant in the room when Ottawa unveiled its gender equity budget last week, parents and advocates say. “We are astounded Finance Minister Bill Morneau has chosen to ignore the solid evidence that lack of access to affordable child care is the biggest barrier to women’s equal participation in the paid labour force,” said Morna Ballantyne, of Child Care Now, a national advocacy organization pushing for a publicly funded, non-profit system. “Without universal child care, women’s equality will never become a reality in Canada,” she said. Toronto mother Sara Ehrhardt, who founded Toronto East Enders for Child Care out of frustration over the lack of licensed care and financially crippling parent fees in the city’s Riverdale, East York and Beaches communities, was equally shocked Morneau’s “Equality + Growth” budget … [Read more...] about Child care all but forgotten in Ottawa’s gender budget
There’s no question Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s heart is in the right place when it comes to promoting women’s rights. After all, he created Canada’s first gender-parity cabinet “because it’s 2015.” And since then he’s been beating the drum of feminist ideology to an increasingly faster tempo. In January, for example, he highlighted pay equity, parental leave, child-care policies, gender diversity and the recruitment of women as key issues at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Further, his government has placed “gender equality and women’s empowerment” on the agenda for the Group of Seven summit of major industrialized countries that Canada is hosting in June. And now his government is planning to introduce a gender-focused budget on Feb. 27 with investments to promote equality and bring more women into the workforce. … [Read more...] about Don’t forget child care
As Ottawa and Queen’s Park begin to pump billions of dollars into child care, Toronto is not living up to its pledge last fall to contribute 20 per cent, parents and advocates say.“This is a false budget. It is a shell game,” said East York-area Councillor Janet Davis, a longtime child care advocate.“This is a cynical set-up for a good-news announcement further along in the budget process — and a way to cover up the city’s failure to keep its commitment to Toronto parents,” she told reporters at city hall Monday, on the eve of this week’s budget committee deliberations.The city’s $551 million child-care budget for 2018 represents a net decrease of 0.1 per cent over last year, according to budget documents.And it fails to account for $57 million in new federal and provincial child-care funds announced last year to pay for 825 new fee subsidies and other measures to make child care more affordable, Davis said. … [Read more...] about Toronto urged to ‘step up’ for child care in 2018 budget
Many Canadian parents know that paying for child care for young children while they go to work is painfully expensive. But do they (and our federal government) know that child care costs in Canada are among the highest in the world? This not only hurts families, this hurts our children; it hurts Canada’s economy. If the Government of Canada truly wants to help the middle classes and women’s equality as its party line touts, then it must make higher direct investments to child care.The new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on the rising cost of child care fees concludes that the typical family with young children pays about a third of its income to child care. To put this into perspective, this is about $21,096 a year on average in cities such as Toronto — more than triple the average tuition cost to put an older child through university for one year.This one-third ratio is much higher than in other parts of the world. Among 35 wealthy nations, … [Read more...] about Why can’t Canada keep up with other countries in child care?