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.”
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.
As Canadians, when we go to work every day, ride the train, fly in a plane, or enjoy our natural environment, how do we know we are safe and secure?
Because behind the scenes, public service workers across this country – like airline and train safety inspectors, accident inspectors, counter-terrorism specialists, flood forecasters and many others — make sure of it. These workers - members of the Technical Services Group – have one important thing on their mind every day: the safety and security of all Canadians.
This video highlights some of the work that TC members do and why it’s important to them, and to all of us.
PSAC's National President, Robyn Benson, on behalf of the Alliance Executive Committee, wishes a wonderful holiday season to all. Thanking you for the work done in 2014 on the "We are all affected" campaign, Sister Benson reiterates the importance of resting up for 2015 because a lot of work is ahead of us.
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.
Video featuring the PSAC members who will be negotiating new collective agreements with Treasury Board, talking about how members need to engage in the process to guarantee success.
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!
Veterans say they want the government held accountable for closing Veterans Affairs offices in Corner Brook, Charlottetown, Sydney, Thunder Bay, Windsor, Brandon, Saskatoon, Kelowna and Prince George.