Is federal child care benefit good use of tax dollars?

Oct 15, 2013

Toronto Star: Tuesday October 15th, 2013.

Since the 2006 cancellation of the national child care agreements, the Federal government has spent $2.5-billion of the Universal Child Care Benefit. This transfers $100 per child under 6 directly to families across the country.

Martha Friendly, researcher at the Child Care Resource and Research Unit said there should be more research done into the use of these funds and if it is making child care more affordable, stating, “Canadian taxpayers deserve to know if this money is being spent effectively.” While there are increasing numbers of mothers in the workforce, the growth of licensed child care spaces and quality has slowed.

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