Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled
The 2019 federal budget acknowledges women’s participation in the paid workforce has stalled since the early 2000’s;
Researchers cite access to affordable, high quality child care as an important factor in women’s attachment to the workforce;
Women and children are more vulnerable to poverty when lack of affordable child care precludes maternal employment;
There is a shortage of licensed child care spaces in Canada;
The cost of child care in Canada is creating economic hardships for many low and middle income families;
Workers in the predominantly female child care sector are underpaid when considering their skills, education, and critical contributions to society;
Canada is under-investing in early childhood education relative to other advanced economies; and
There is strong evidence investments in early childhood education pay off with better outcomes for children, families, and the economy.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to establish an adequately funded framework to ensure affordable, licensed child care is universally available throughout Canada and child care workers are appropriately compensated.
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