NDP Calls For Action

Child Care Costs Reach Crisis Levels

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December 10, 2015

 

NDP CALLS FOR ACTION AS CHILD CARE COSTS REACH CRISIS LEVELS

                                  

OTTAWA – New Democrats are sounding the alarm over skyrocketing childcare prices laid bare in a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The report titled ‘2015 Child Care Fees in Canadian Cities’ highlights the dramatic and growing disparity in the cost of child care impacting Canadian families in different regions of the country.

“The results of this study make clear what many parents have known for years: that affordable and accessible child care is incredibly hard to find,” said NDP critic for Children and Social Development, Brigitte Sansoucy (Saint-Hyacinthe-Bagot). “Some of the discrepancy that exists between cities are truly shocking.”

 

Comparing the average rates of child care in Canada’s 27 biggest cities, the CCPA study revealed dramatic cost differences. The starkest contrast exists between two of Canada’s largest cities where child care costs $1,033 in Toronto and $174 in Montreal – a difference of over $10,000 per year between a properly funded public system versus the lack of government leadership.

 

“When we see price gaps as wide as this, it’s clear the lack of political will is hurting Canadian families,” added Sansoucy. “It’s time for this government drop its opposition to a universal childcare program.” 

 

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