Niagara District Council of Women tp host Zoom Public Meeting Panel on “Affordable Child Care and Decent Pay for Workers” at 7:30 p.m., this coming Wednesday November 17th .
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Posted November 14th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
Across Ontario, while the Covid-19 pandemic lingers, parents are struggling harder than ever to find affordable child care ,and non-profit and institutional care givers are challenged to provide services .
As panelist Dr. Kate Bazanson, Associate Dean , Faculty of Social Sciences & Associate Professor of Sociology of Brock University notes, “The tension between high fees and low wages results in inaccessible space for parents (especially mothers) and recruitment and retention struggles for providers. The continued presence of COVID also affects enrolment and costs.”
And, although other provinces have signed up to the federal government’s proposed bilateral agreement that includes fee reductions to parents, wage increases to early childhood educators, an expansion plan, and a workforce strategy, Ontario is still haggling with the Federal government, and so far, remains committed to a private -sector model and tax credits .
Private care is out of the question for a majority of parents, and as Dr. Bazanson says , “Tax credits are not child care. A Canada wide high quality, affordable, accessible and inclusive child care system is good for kids, good for families and good for the economy. “ This has been proven in Quebec, where a quality affordable public system has been in place for many years.
Other panellists include, Regional Councillor Diane Huson, Darlene Edgar Director of Children’s Services Niagara Region and MPP Jenny Stevens, all of whom are strong advocates of affordable, accessible child care and decent pay for workers.
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