Canada ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which includes commitments regarding families’ rights to benefit from child care services;
Child care in Canada is in crisis with insufficient licensed, high-quality spaces and prices increasing well above inflation rates and what many parents can afford;
The government's Advisory Council on Economic Growth stated families should have reasonable access to affordable, high-quality, and convenient child care, and highlighted the potential of a universal, subsidized child care program to achieve this;
We recognize the recent government investment and commitment to working with provinces and territories to support the establishment of a National Framework on Early Learning and Child Care; and
All children regardless of circumstance need access to adequate care and early learning opportunities to give them the best possible start in life.
We, the undersigned, parents in Toronto’s East End and concerned citizens across Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to commit that by 2026, all children across Canada will have access to adequate early years programming through a licensed child care provider that is affordable for their family, a framework agreement will be in place with provinces and territories to achieve this by 2018, and that in the interim, the government should offer immediate relief for middle-income families by raising the child care expenses deduction upper limit to $28,000 per year, in line with actual child care fees in the City of Toronto.
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