Ottawa Community News: Universal childcare is an economic issue

Apr 24, 2014

Ottawa Community News, April 24, 2014:

After three children and a decade as an Ontario parent, this Ottawa-area resident who once doubted the need for universal child care is now an advocate for a national system of affordable, quality childcare:

"Part of the problem is that affordable childcare is always presented as an issue for the people that will actually use the system. There's little emphasis on the benefits of a universal childcare system to people of all ages. Affordable and universally accessible childcare is, frankly, a silver bullet if we want to maintain and build a workforce of competent men and women to drive the economy.

As we look forward to Canada 20 years from now, we shouldn't be asking how we can afford to implement a national childcare strategy, but how we can't."

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