As a mother of two I firmly believe in the utmost importance of universal, affordable, and quality childcare; that is why I was proud to campaign in 2015 on the NDP’s pledge to create and sustain a million affordable childcare spaces, at up to $15/day, over eight years. Every dollar invested in childcare is returned threefold to the economy. Not only is this investment good for the child and the family, it is good for our economy.
Sadly, Budget 2017 did not put one penny of new funding for childcare for this year. In fact, the fifth year of the Liberal childcare plan provides less money than the first year of the NDP plan they attacked during the campaign as being too slow.
Access to affordable quality childcare lends itself to a fantastic social environment where children can learn and acquire skills. With an aging population, investing in early childhood development is not only the right thing to do; it is also sound economics.