The commitment to pick up over $63 million in outstanding child care costs is a positive and long-overdue move by the Ontario government, but the government needs to provide greater help to laid-off workers, Canadian Auto Workers' union (CAW) President Ken Lewenza said in reaction to provincial budget.
Lewenza commended the provincial government's action to fill the major funding hole for daycare created by the Harper Conservatives, who put an end to a proposed national child care program in 2006. Although this new funding allows thousands of subsidized day care spaces to continue operating, the McGuinty government must continue advocating for a national plan, Lewenza said.
The CAW welcomes the budget's commitment to extend the Second Career skills training program to another 30,000 laid off workers as well as the modest increase in funding on a per trainee basis. "We had hoped that the voices of Ontario's workers who have lost their jobs and continue to fight for outstanding wage and severance entitlements would have resonated with the provincial government," Lewenza said.