There have been efforts to build a national universal child-care system in Canada for more than 50 years. As the current federal government moves forward with its ambitious plan for a Canada-wide early learning and child-care system, we again have the opportunity to implement this vision. So far, eight provinces and territories, representing a range of political perspectives, have signed bilateral agreements with the federal government under the plan. We need to build on this momentum with the remaining provinces and territories no matter the outcome of the next federal election.
We can no longer treat early learning and child care as a “nice-to-have” or as a partisan issue. Child care is an essential core public service, similar to schools, health care and public transit, and should be treated as such. It is an essential pillar of our economic prosperity and well-being. Read the full article @ The First Policy Response - written by Sara Ditta and Lisa Lalande.