Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

March 07, 2005 15:50 ET

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, MARCH 8

CHILD CARE - BUILD IT RIGHT! Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - March 7, 2005) - Child care affects women's lives daily. All women everywhere in our society need universal child care. Just like health care and education, child care should be a free and general service available to everyone in Canada.

"To achieve this all women must join in solidarity and claim universal child care as their right," says OFL secretary-treasurer Ethel Birkett-LaValley. "Canada needs to catch up with other developed countries that have publicly funded child care systems. Our current 'patchwork' of services only provides licensed child care for about 12 per cent of Canada's children."

"This simply is not good enough," said Birkett-LaValley. "Today in Ontario 74.2 per cent of mothers whose youngest child is 3-5 years old is working. The need for universal, quality child care is critical."

Since the recent Federal budget committed $5 billion to create a national child care system the labour movement and the child care community have been working harder than ever to see that the system is established on proven principles.

"We must put in place a single comprehensive early learning and care system that is publicly funded, not-for-profit, a universal entitlement, inclusive and of high quality.

"In 2005 the main priority for women in Ontario and Canada is regulated, publicly-funded child care -- it allows women to work, it gives women more choices and it allows working women more opportunities to achieve equity in the workplace," Birkett-LaValley said.


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