Where's the funding for new childcare spaces in Budget#2018?
Sheila questions the government in the House
March 1st, 2018 - 7:45pm
While there are some good news items in #Budget2018, on gender equality and removing barriers to women in the workplace I had really hoped we would see some new funding for new child care spaces.
When I look at what the asks were from the NGO community, the recommendation from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, which gathers together all the best NGO advice on the budget, was to commit $1 billion in 2018-19 as new money to be transferred to the provinces, territories, and indigenous communities to begin building that comprehensive child care system, with new spaces, and that it should grow by $1 billion per year until it reaches the established international benchmark of 1% of GDP.
The Canadian Labour Congress - Congrès du travail du Canada made the same ask. Every witness we have had at the Status of Women committee has said the number one thing we can do to remove barriers to women's economic justice and women entering the workforce is to make new child care spaces. The Canada Child Benefit does not help women if there are not those new spaces on which to spend the money.
Does this so-called feminist government share my deep concern that the budget did not put its money where its mouth is as far as gender equality and child care?