The Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women

Category: WOMEN
Sub-Category: GENERAL
Resolution Number: 800.10.30
Club: London
Province: Ontario
Year: 2021
Status: Open
Reaffirmed:  
Comments:  

BACKGROUND: BPW Canada has lobbied the Government of Canada since the 1970s for support managing childcare as Canada (outside Quebec) has one of the least affordable systems among countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Affordable child care is substantiated by Canada’s commitment to the UN Declaration of the Rights of Child and supports the Women’s Empowerment Principles.BPW Canada has lobbied the Government of Canada since the 1970s for support managing childcare as Canada (outside Quebec) has one of the least affordable systems among countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Affordable child care is substantiated by Canada’s commitment to the UN Declaration of the Rights of Child and supports the Women’s Empowerment Principles.

The high cost of childcare is a contributing factor to the inequalities that women face in the workplace. Women have an even more difficult situation during the pandemic due to having to work from home and manage homeschooling and childcare during their regular work hours. According to a YWCA (2020) report A Feminist Recovery Plan for Canada, “there is no recovery if we leave women, two-spirit, and gender-diverse people behind”.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW Canada) urges the Government of Canada, specifically the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, and the Minister of Finance to immediately commence the process of consultation with stakeholders (provinces, territories, parents, childcare providers and employers) to quickly and effectively provide adequate funding through the budget released on April 19, 2021, for fully-subsidized public childcare for all parents, including after-school programs and options allowing for non-traditional work schedules, such as shift work and workers who require longer hours of care to accommodate working 12-hour shifts;

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that BPW Canada urges the Government of Canada, specifically the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, and the Minister of Finance to establish a National Childcare Secretariat to coordinate with stakeholders in the provinces and territories to establish, monitor, and evaluate measures of early learning and childcare quality standards;

AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED THAT BPW Canada urges the Government of Canada, specifically the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, and the Minister of Finance to develop a plan to address the shortage of early childhood educators by: Standardizing certification criteria, including foreign credential recognition, across Canada; Enhancing online training programs and fast-track in-school credentials; Developing financial support for underemployed populations to access these training opportunities; and Standardizing the salary for early childhood educators sufficient to attract the best talent into the industry.

 

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