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e-2972 (Social affairs and equality)

Initiated by Heidi Bergstrom from Camrose, Alberta

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Early childhood education is a public good that creates a foundation for lifelong learning with positive, long-term implications;
  • Child care providers and early learning educators deserve appropriate remuneration, training and career opportunities more in line with their professional education;
  • Canada falls short of the international benchmark of 1% of GDP for children aged 0-5 in order to provide adequate funding for affordable child care and early childhood education;
  • Studies show that for every $1 invested in early childhood education, the return is $3-$6; and
  • The current pandemic is putting gains towards gender equality at risk when there was already a need for improvement.
We, the undersigned, residents and citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to implement a committee to study the feasibility of a federally funded early learning education and child care system that is universally accessible.
Open for signature
November 5, 2020, at 4:52 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 4, 2021, at 4:52 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Damien Kurek
Battle River—Crowfoot
Conservative Caucus
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