This International Women’s Day, workers and women are calling on all federal political parties to commit to a plan for affordable, high-quality child care ahead of the federal election.
It has been nearly 50 years since the report of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women called for a universal child care program to help achieve economic equality for women. In 2019, women and workers need every party to be a #ChildCareChampion
Tell all party leaders that we need a #ChildCareChampion!
Too many families can’t find licensed child care. For those who do, their daycare fees are likely to cost a quarter of their income.
When child care is unavailable or unaffordable, it is most often women who forego paid employment to look after kids – worsening the gender wage gap and robbing the Canadian economy of an estimated 4% growth in GDP (or $70 billion).
In order for women to achieve true equality, child care in Canada must be universally accessible. This election, we need real commitments from all federal parties to deliver affordable, high-quality child care in every part of Canada.