After decades of reports, activism, and protests, the grandchildren of Canadian women who began demanding universal child care as a core tenant of feminist policy may finally reap its benefits.
The 2021 federal budget includes a promise to spend up to $30 billion over the next five years, and $8.3 billion in ongoing funding, to establish a publicly-funded early learning and child care program for Canadians across the country. It would offer regulated, high-quality spaces for an average of $10 a day by 2026 as a way to not only address the lack of affordable child care in Canada, but also boost women’s participation in the workforce at a time when women-dominated sectors are reeling from pandemic-related layoffs. Some women are choosing to quit their jobs altogether and care for their children rather than spending a majority of their income on child care.
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