Over 50 years ago, the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada, appealed to the federal government to begin working with provinces and territories to establish a national day care plan. On April 19, 2021, history was made when Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland presented the federal budget which will lay the beginning steps of a universal, accessible, affordable, quality early learning and child care system across Canada.
Some of the notable highlights of budget 2021:
In addition, the next five years, will include “A growing, qualified workforce – with provincial and territorial partners, the government will work to ensure that early childhood educators are at heart of the system, by valuing their work and providing them with the training and development opportunities needed to support their growth and the growth of a quality system.”
There is much work to be done as we continue to move forward to building a “system”. Systems are built when investments are made and political leadership is provided. Just like education or health care, systems rely on supply side funding. Budget 2021 is finally doing this. This will allow access for families, for women to quality child care and is essential to Canada’s social and economic recovery.
Posted by Jodie Kehl at 9:19 am