Opinion: Child Care and the New Visage of Female Oppression

Krzysztof Banel It is seldom that one can have a discussion about child care policies in Canada today without alluding to the implications that such policies can — and do — have on Canadian women. The implementation of the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB), instead of a national child care program, has placed the responsibility…

Working Women and the Growing Costs of Childcare

Brynne Moore Last week, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) released ‘The Parent Trap’, a report outlining the discrepancies between childcare costs across Canada, indexed to women’s earnings. The report found that parents in Toronto are paying the highest monthly childcare costs of any city in Canada, averaging about $1676 per child — amounting to…

Poor Long-Term Outcomes for Participants of the Live-in Caregiver Program

Daphne Cheung The long-standing stereotype of the Filipino nanny is shockingly difficult to dispel. The Made in Canada report catalogues that 95% of participants of Canada’s Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) are women; and of these the Toronto Immigrant Employment Data Initiative (TIEDI) reports that 90% were born in the Philippines. While over 88% of participants in…

Ontario’s Child Care Woes: The Need for a New Strategy

Amna Raza “In this country we have national standards for light bulbs but not for children.” – Don Giesbrecht, president of the Canadian Child Care Federation. In 2008, a UNICEF report ranked Canada among the worst of 25 developed countries in the provision of basic childcare services. Since then, the quality and accessibility of Canada’s…

Time to Rethink The Choice in Child Care Allowance

Whoever dreamed up the “choice in child care” allowance was a political genius. It was a brilliant political counterpunch to the Liberals’ plan to create a heavily subsidized childcare system across the country. Parents who rely on full time formal childcare (or would like to but can’t afford it) had more to gain from the…