Despite a $30 billion federal commitment, Canada has not had a robust child care quality discussion. Canada’s real conundrum is that the desire for accessibility, affordability, and high-quality care is simply impossible.
This Thanksgiving, so many Canadians will be rightly thankful for their kids. We should give a thought to those who hope to have children and find they cannot.
Looking at these surveys, it is wrong to assume a strong majority of Canadians, or even of Canadian parents, love the child care plan we got. For Canadians, the word “system” might be more elastic than some advocates and politicians think.
The success of the 2021 Canada-wide early learning and child care plan hinges on parents actually gaining access to subsidized spaces. Spending billions and finding that existing spaces can’t be filled due to staffing shortages isn’t a good look.
The complexity of a national childcare plan comes with millions of dollars for expenditures outside of actual childcare provision. In Ontario, that happens at all three levels of government. The details of that spending deserve much greater scrutiny than they’ve received so far.