HANSARD: What government needs to do to support early childhood education workers getting into the sector, and how to retain them?

Debates of June 14th, 2023, 9:10 p.m.
House of Commons Hansard #213 of the 44th Parliament, 1st Session.

Canada Early Learning and Child Care Act
Government Orders

Jenny Kwan Vancouver East, BC

Madam Speaker, I want to touch on the issue of fair wages and working conditions being essential. As we know, part of the challenge we face with child care is the inability to attract and retain child care workers, early childhood education workers, in the sector.

What do we need to do, as government, to support early childhood education workers getting into the sector, and how do we retain them?

Niki Ashton Churchill—Keewatinook Aski, MB

Madam Speaker, clearly, we need to work very closely with early childhood education workers and the sector to make sure fair wages are prioritized. We need to ensure there is dedicated funding for that and that there is oversight of this very important fact. We also need to invest in ECE education and make sure we are attracting and retaining the best. For the people who are already doing this work, we need to make sure we are continuing to invest in— 


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