Parliamentary Budget Officer’s report exposes dramatic flaws in Harper child care policy

Posted on Mar 31, 2015

CUPE– We have dropped down a rabbit hole of bad policy on child care. The Parliamentary budget officer’s report (PBO): How Much Does the Federal Government Spend on Child Care and Who Benefits shows that changes to government tax benefits for child care means families with child care expenses receive less of the share than families with no expenses. Even though estimated government spending on the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) and the Child care expense deduction will rise to $7.7 billion this year, families with child care expenses are struggling either to find child care or to afford the skyrocketing expenses. We need a plan to grow quality, affordable child care spaces. This report adds to the mounting evidence that that individual tax measures do little to help families struggling with child care. The Childcare Resource and Research Unit shows that child care space expansion is not keeping up with demand. Parent fees for child care are the next highest expense after housing expenses. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives 2014 survey shows parent fees in large cities claiming as much as 34-36 per cent of women’s average incomes. This report falls on the heels of the PBO report about income splitting demonstrating that the vast majority of...

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Imagine: quality child care that all parents can afford

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

  Child care advocates will participate in a week of action from May 10 to 17, 2015, holding events across the country to celebrate child care as a public good and calling for a system that will provide all families with high quality care they can afford. What could child care look like if our federal and provincial governments actually invested in a universal and affordable system? Parents could take their children to inviting child care centres that provide educational and culturally-relevant programs. Child care services would be affordable and accessible in the workplace and in the community. Women could participate fully in the workforce, knowing that their children are in nurturing and safe environments. All child care workers could have decent working conditions. JOIN THE VOTE CHILD CARE 2015 CAMPAIGN Vote Child Care 2015 is a campaign that brings together child care advocates and supporters from across the country to promote the vision endorsed at the ChildCare2020 Conference. Check in regularly for more information on how you can get involved in the Vote Child Care 2015 campaign and the “Spring into Action” Canada-wide week of action May...

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CUPE applauds the NDP’s child care plan

Posted on Nov 5, 2014

The Canadian Union of Public Employees welcomes the NDP’s child care plan as good news for all Canadians. Quality, affordable child care is vital for children, but also for parents, communities and our economy. The NDP is the only party showing leadership on child care. Today young families are squeezed on all sides, with mothers and fathers forced to work harder and longer than their parents. “The NDP’s child care plan is good news for all Canadians,” said Paul Moist, CUPE’s national president. “Access to quality, affordable child care is vital for our children, and helps families work and study while keeping the wheels of our economy running smoothly. CUPE’s child care workers and early childhood educators know first hand the difference that quality child care makes in the lives of children and their families. Parents can better balance work and family if they can be confident that their children are safe, thriving and happy.” The NDP’s plan will make a huge difference in the lives of families today and is the key first step on the road to publicly delivered child...

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The benefits of a public child care program go further than you think

Posted on Jul 10, 2014

When it comes to important economic programs, most people wouldn’t put child care at the top of their list, but that’s starting to change. We’ve known for years that quality child care programs can return more than $2 in benefits for every $1 invested, primarily as a result of better socio-economic outcomes for children. Child care and early learning programs produce strong job creation and economic stimulus. One billion dollars invested in child care creates an estimated 30,000+ jobs, compared to just 3,000 jobs for $1 billion in corporate tax cuts. More recent analysis shows public investment in a universal affordable quality child care program can more than pay for itself. One of Canada’s top economists found that for every dollar the Quebec government spent on its $7-per-day child care program, it gained $1.05 and the federal government gained an additional $0.44. These benefits came from increased tax revenues because parents and child care workers were employed, and from lower spending on tax expenditures and social programs. Women aged 25 to 54 are eight to ten per cent less likely to be employed outside the home than men in the same age range. Many would like to return to their careers but find it’s just not worth the high...

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Her Story is A Shared One!

Posted on May 21, 2014

Christina is a member of CUPE 2204 and is the mother of two children and an early childhood educator. She lives in Ottawa and works in a community-based child care centre. Needless to say she did not earn a fantastic income. Neither does her blue collar worker husband. When her children were younger and she needed child care in order to work, she applied for a child care subsidy. She went to the appointment and by the end of it the subsidy worker said, “It’s too bad you’re married – even though you and your husband don’t earn enough to pay the full cost you don’t qualify – sorry”. We had to turn to the unregulated sector. For someone who believes strongly in regulated quality child care this was very hard to do – but what choice did I...

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