Canada's Federal Budget will pass Tuesday February 11th 2014.
What does this mean for Child Care in Canada?
Good news from the Federal Government? "Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti said the Conservatives are “trying to claim they have kept up in creating jobs but, in fact, the record over the years is quite dismal.” (Whittington, 2014).
Why should the federal government invest in child care? "Full-time daycare for one child can cost upward of $24,000 a year, depending on where you live, the age of the child, and the care provider.
Given this government’s commitment to helping families and lowering their tax burden, my budget wish is for the maximum amount of this deduction to be increased in pace with actual child care costs, and an elimination of the criterion that the deduction cannot exceed two-thirds of your earned income." (LINDSAY TEDDS, associate professor, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria, 2014). Click here for the article
How does Canada's child care system compare to countries like Denmark and Sweden? Click here to find out.
"In 2006 the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ranked Canada worst amongst 14 developed countries in a comparison of who did most to provide early childhood education and care (ECEC) for all children up to age six." (Secher, 2014).
MEDIA RELEASE ON 2014 FEDERAL BUDGET
February 12th 2014- Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada E-blast on the 2014 Federal Budget
Federal Budget 2014: No help for families here
The Harper government claims that this year's federal budget will create jobs and stimulate the economy but in reality, it's just more of the same old austerity story.
Flaherty says the budget will address unemployment yet it offers nothing for families struggling to access affordable child care. Canada's ongoing crisis in child care across the country, marked by exorbitant parent fees, a shortage of regulated spaces, low staff wages and quality issues as well as the abysmal failure of the market model, is once again sidelined in the budget.
As a result:
- The majority of Canadian families with children under 5, faced with unaffordable fees and a critical shortage of spaces, will continue to turn to unregulated care.
- Canada's commitment to ending child poverty will continue to lag behind.
- Canada will continue to rank last among 25 developed countries in meeting the minimum benchmarks for early childhood education and care (UNICEF).
February 12th 2014- Campaign 2000 media release on the 2014 Federal Budget
February 12th 2014- NDP petition for universal child care - Please sign and share! Federal New Democrats have launched a petition calling for quality, affordable child care. "For many families, quality child care is unaffordable - up to $2,000 a month. That is, if they can find a spot at all. Canadians deserve better".