Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

March 04, 2009 13:51 ET

CUPE MEDIA ADVISORY-Make Investing in Child Care Part of Ontario's Economic Stimulus Plan

Ontarians can't work, re-train without child care access

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 4, 2009) - Economists and early childhood development experts agree that government funding investments in child care are a key plank of economic prosperity and early learning for children.

But access to quality licensed child care has not been a priority for the Dalton McGuinty government, and Hamilton child care activists say that has to change in the coming March 26 provincial budget. They are calling for the McGuinty government to include child care funding investments in the provincial economic stimulus package they are now considering.

"Simply put, Ontarians can't work and laid off workers can't retrain without access to affordable child care. We want this government to understand that child care is as much an economic workforce issue as it is an issue for Ontario families," says David Macdonald, an economist who works with the Alternative Budget group of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

Macdonald, along with Hamilton MPP Andrea Horwath, who is vying for the New Democratic Party leadership this weekend, and local child care advocates will present the economics of child care at a media conference tomorrow (March 5, 2009) at 10:00 a.m. at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, Main Gallery, 51 Stuart Street, Hamilton.

Contact Information

  • Christina Gilligan
    Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Child Care Council
    (416) 567-6095
    David Macdonald
    Economist with the Alternative Budget group of the CCPA
    (613) 725-7606