MP Report - Oct. 29, 2020

Time for universal childcare in Canada

As we once again deal with the impacts of COVID-19 in our region and across Canada we are reminded of the importance of key public services.

One of the key public services is childcare. Child care providers have worked hard to deal with the challenges of providing their critical service during COVID-19. They have been key to the ability of the many other essential service workers to continue to be there for us during this pandemic.

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As we look ahead to the post-COVID-19 world there is a very real opportunity to build on our experience with these challenging times make a clear commitment to keep public services.

That is why our NDP caucus has been focusing so much on child care. Right now there is a patchwork quilt of funding and services available to Canadians in terms of childcare which is very much dependent on where they live. It’s time to make childcare affordable and accessible across Canada.

Specifically we are calling once again on the federal government to bring in a universal childcare program.

Investment in child care is more crucial than ever. Yet, the Liberal government’s deal with the provinces misses the mark when it comes to funding for child care. 

We need to stop treating child care like a “nice to have” instead of a “must have.” 

It’s time to fund a universal child care program in Canada.

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