Robyn Benson is a proud grandmother. But when she was a struggling single parent in the early 1980s in Winnipeg, she had very few child care options. In a new video released by PSAC, the union’s national president describes the hard choices she had to make when there was no other support available. 

“In 1980, when I started at the Winnipeg Tax Centre, I was a single mum with two small children.  And, of course, at that point in time, there was no daycare anywhere,” says Benson. “Once my daughter was 10, 11 years old, then she watched her brother. She had the key and they had to walk home from school together.”

Benson describes the “nagging fears” associated with leaving her children alone or in substandard care. And she encourages people to think about child care when they cast their ballots in this federal election. 

“Because there is nothing worse than a young woman or a man trying to enter into the workforce after having their children and not being able to afford child care,” says Benson. 

The video is being launched in conjunction with the Vote Child Care 2015 campaign’s Talk it Up for Child Care week of action. PSAC supports the campaign’s demand that election candidates commit to building an affordable, universal, non-profit child care system.

September 16, 2015

The Harper Conservative’s vision of Canada is cuts, cuts and more cuts. Between cuts to Veterans affairs, employment insurance, search and rescue, environmental protection, food safety and border security, the Harper Conservatives are bleeding Canada’s public services. 

This 1:15 minute video reminds Canadians to think about what’s been happening to public services and to vote to stop the cuts in the upcoming federal election.

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July 27, 2015

Child care in Canada is expensive and hard to find. The federal government says $160 a month should make a difference. These parents say it will barely make an impact.

Public investment in a national child care system pays for itself, creating a more equal society and a more sustainable economy.

Imagine a universal, affordable child care system that makes sense for families and benefits our economy. As Jeremy says in this video, “I don’t see a down side.”

Learn more about our campaign for affordable child care and take action at

May 8, 2015

Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada attending the union's National Convention rallied in Quebec City to defend collective bargaining rights and oppose the federal Conservative government's unilateral action against sick leave benefits.

April 29, 2015

What could childcare look like in 2020, if our federal and provincial governments actually invested in a universal and affordable system?

  • Parents could drop their children at inviting childcare centres that provide educational and culturally-relevant programs.
  • Home daycare providers could earn decent wages and network together to share skills and experiences.
  • Women could participate fully in the workforce, knowing that their children are in nurturing and safe environments.
  • And families of all stripes could begin saving for their children’s post-secondary education and their own retirements, free from the burden of the “double mortgage years.”

Comprehensive universal childcare for the next generation. That is the vision of Childcare 2020.

As it stands, the majority of parents must rely on a patchwork of largely unregulated childcare, with no guarantee of quality. The cost of childcare presents a crushing burden for most families, with fees as high as $1,800 a month for a one-year old in major cities such as Toronto and Ottawa.

The Conservative government has chosen a “Leave it To Beaver” approach, offering families the equivalent of a toonie per day to pay for childcare, couching it in the language of “choice.” The reality is that the costs are so high right now, that many women have no choice but to leave the workforce until their kids are in school.

Watch our Childcare 2020 video for a glimpse into what the future could hold if the federal government invested in a national childcare system. 

November 14, 2014

Cuts to Canada's Employment Insurance Program are making it harder to help our most vulnerable, reduce inequality, protect seasonal workers and ensure a more fair and prosperous future for our country. This video highlights the decline of the EI program over the last 25 years.



June 17, 2014

This video explains how the Public Service Alliance of Canada works. 

May 29, 2014

For many families, child care is the second highest expense after housing. The average cost per child is $30 to $80 a day, or over $1,000 a month. 

That’s challenging enough – yet there are also families who can’t access quality, regulated childcare. Wait lists are notoriously long. That’s because there are only enough regulated spaces for about 19 percent of children aged 0 to 12 years. Yet almost 70 percent of mothers with children under the age of five years are working.

We are ALL Affected by the lack of affordable, quality child care. Let’s Rethink Child Care!

May 5, 2014

In April 2013, PSAC held a national health and safety conference on mental health in the workplace. We asked members to share their reflections on this important issue: how the members recognize mental illness.

June 19, 2013


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