Childcare continues to be a high priority for BPW Canada and for working women across the country, whether in rural areas or urban centres. Since 1994, BPW Canada has been submitting resolutions pertaining to childcare. "Today over 70% of mothers with kids under the age of six are employed and only one in five of these children has access to a regulated child care space". Quebec is the only province in Canada that offers a government subsidized child care program. It is time to reconcile work and family life in Canada.
Read a recent article here on how "Women's opportunities are hindered by lack of national childcare policy" - By Laura Hanrahan.
It was through a June 2006 survey carried out by Environics Research that showed that 76% of Canadians supported a national affordable childcare strategy similar to the 2004 federal-provincial agreement that was cancelled by the government. The 76% support for the previous program was consistent, regardless of whether respondents lived in urban or rural areas; whether their household included a stay-at-home parent; and in all geographic areas of the country. A strong majority of Canadians (77%) considered the lack of affordable childcare to be a serious problem.
There is a childcare crisis in Canada, with only a small percentage of children having access to quality, affordable and accessible childcare. BPW Canada has continuously urged the federal government to act on the needs of working Canadians, and to implement a national childcare program that can meet the early childhood development needs of children, families and communities in this country.
- Canada lags far behind other industrialized nations in the care and education of its children. A new study from UNICEF found that of 25 economically advanced countries, Canada scored at the very bottom – tied with Ireland and behind most European countries, the US, Australia and Mexico. Canada achieved only one out of 10 benchmarks: At least 50 per cent of staff working in accredited early-education facilities have a minimum of three years of relevant post-secondary education. Read the full report, The child care transition: A league table of early childhood education and care in economically-advanced countries, December 2008 (pdf)
- July, 2006 - Emergency Resolution on childcare – passed at the BPW Canada Convention in Toronto in July 2006. (pdf)