Baby Boomers Get Scolded For Not Preparing For Kids

There is an ongoing battle among Canadian governments on how to handle the lack of affordable child care. In July, Quebec’s government, based on a private initiative from an 11-year-old autistic boy, approved a…

Baby Boomers Get Scolded For Not Preparing For Kids


There is an ongoing battle among Canadian governments on how to handle the lack of affordable child care. In July, Quebec’s government, based on a private initiative from an 11-year-old autistic boy, approved a program that provides free child care for 1.4 million children. It is now up to Ontario and Ottawa to make sure all families have access to the program and to show they have a plan to pay for it. This is no small deal—this is child care for millions of children that has proven to have a positive impact on their well-being and families.

What is also of concern to children’s advocates is that the number of subsidized spaces being provided by Quebec will fall in the coming years when the program is phased out. The outcome is that child care for low-income families will suddenly disappear. Many provinces have not yet implemented a new universal child care system.

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This is why the New Democrats are calling for Ontario Premier Doug Ford to bring back fully funded universal child care within 12 months. There are immediate funding announcements that could be made immediately. Ford can announce that Ontario will begin this roll-out within the first 100 days of his government.

This is not rocket science.

No society should deny its children from accessing the greatest opportunity to develop their potential because it has not made available the resources to provide them with an appropriate child care experience.

Ontario and Ottawa have a historic opportunity to change things for the better. Neither should allow themselves to be a bystander in this fight, unwilling to lead in a way that will ensure the creation of opportunities for more kids, their families and communities.

Allowing the roll-out of public universal child care in Ontario and set a precedent for other provinces to follow. Or delay the expansion of public child care to the point of no return. Neither option is a viable option.

Governments are increasingly being told that tax revenue has to be reinvested in the provision of essential services such as child care.

By not addressing this issue, governments are causing parents and communities to suffer. Canada’s education system is already overburdened with funding. Lower the tax burden on child care and you will have more children and families being able to keep and start businesses in their communities.

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