On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, Pat Wege made a presentation to the pre-budget stakeholder roundtable and public community meeting held at the Manitoba Legislature. Panel members included the Hon. Cameron Friesen, Minister of Finance, Andrew Smith, MLA for Southdale, and Colleen Mayer, MLA for St. Vital.
Key points raised on early learning and child care were:
2. Manitoba needs a comprehensive policy framework to strengthen existing child care services and improve the access and availability of affordable licensed child care
Some of our recommendations for investment of federal funds include:
Read the full submission: Pre-Budget Submission
Pre-budget consultations give Manitoba families the opportunity to share their views on key issues for Manitoba’s future. MCCA thinks that access to high quality, accessible, and affordable early learning and child care should be a provincial priority and encourages families to speak up for more and better services. Most modern families rely on child care to work to attend school, but the supply of spaces is far short of the demand. As of August 31, 2017, there are 16,702 children on the online child care waiting list, with a wait time of 14-15 months. (MCCA/Probe Research survey 2016)
According to the 2016 Canadian census, there are 164,440 children in Manitoba ages 0-9. There are around 35,469 licensed child care space, enough for 18.5% of Manitoba children age 12 and under.
To participate, you can complete an online survey, or attend one of the consultation meetings in Brandon, Winnipeg, The Pas, Dauphin, Winkler, and in the Dawson Trail and Interlake regions. Telephone town halls will be held in Ocotber.
For more information on the survey or dates of the town hall, go to Manitobans Making Choices.
Posted by Jodie Kehl at 3:02 pm