Desperate parents forced into 'grey market' of unlicensed daycare

The Globe and Mail 

In the fourth article of a Globe six-part series, the Globe and Mail focuses on the “grey market” of unlicensed child care.

“Across the country, families are forced to rely on the “grey market” – leaving their children with caregivers who may not even have first-aid training, paying whatever is asked, and hoping for the best.”

Canada only has enough regulated centre-based spots for about one-fifth of children under the age of five and according to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) study in 2004 estimated “perhaps 60 per cent” of children are in unlicensed child care.

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