Lack of child care costing Canada


On Marcy 7th, 2011, in honour of International Women's Day, The YWCA  released Educated, Employed and Equal speaking about the need to have a national child-care program in Canada. The success of the country depends on a labor force that is educated and skilled.

The number of women in the workforce has gone up every year. Women in the labor force has doubled from 1976-2009 to more than 7.7 million. “Employment for women with infants and toddlers hit 64.4 per cent in 2009, up from 27.6 per cent in 1976. That number jumped to almost 79 per cent for women with children between the ages of 6 and 15 — almost the same rate for women without children…”

60% of university graduates are women. With so many more highly educated women in the work force that have children it is a great benefit to have a national child care program.