The Treasury Board has an existing policy that supports workplace daycare centres;
Workplace daycare centres located in federal government buildings are at risk and some have closed because the objective of this policy has not been respected;
Statistics Canada and Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) ceased supporting Garderie Tunney’s Daycare in the Statistics Canada building at the Tunney’s Pasture complex in Ottawa on September 1, 2014;
PWGSC will impose an exorbitant “market rate” rent on Garderie Tunney's Daycare beginning on July 1, 2016;
Garderie Tunney’s Daycare is a registered charity that has been caring for the children of federal employees for 28 years;
As a result of the steep rental fees imposed by PWGSC, the daycare centre will be forced to close; 49 children will no longer have care; 15 full-time and 3 part-time employees, predominantly women, will lose their jobs; and
Public Service Alliance of Canada opposes the cutbacks and urges that this essential service be maintained.
We, the undersigned, federal public servants, parents of the Garderie Tunney’s Daycare, grandparents, former families of the daycare centre, neighbours in the community, and Canadians concerned about the government respecting its policies, call upon the President of the Treasury Board to :
1) Respect and apply the Treasury Board’s policy on workplace daycare centres in order to ensure the continued operation of the Garderie Tunney’s Daycare;
2) Impose a moratorium on rent increases for Garderie Tunney's Daycare;
3) Seek commitment from PWGSC, Statistics Canada, and other departments housed in the building and in the neighbourhood to support Garderie Tunney’s Daycare; and
4) Make the work-life balance of federal employees a priority by maintaining a quality daycare service at the federal workplace.
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