Federal government must buy in

May 22, 2015

Dominique Arbez, The Winnipeg Free Press

The lack of child care is a crisis and a lost opportunity for future generations, especially those who come from low income families. In addition, the lack of child care spaces and unaffordability makes it tough for disadvantaged parents to pursue a career, or find a well paid job. “The Manitoba government's community plan to reduce poverty specifies the need to address the children currently wait-listed for access, by creating 12,000 new licensed spaces”.

“Child care is a huge issue for families, and federal investment is needed to realize the potential of the child-care system in Manitoba quality early learning and economic development. The province has taken significant steps to increase the number of funded child-care spaces across the province, improve training and wages for child-care workers and wants to build a universally accessible child-care system. However, it needs a willing federal partner to make this happen”.

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