Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

June 17, 2013 11:23 ET

Media Advisory: Families who rely on child care encouraged to attend today's 4:30 p.m. rally to stop child care cuts in Sudbury

SUDBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 17, 2013) - It started last winter with the possible closure of Junior Citizens, the only Francophone and evening child care centre in Greater Sudbury. But a new provincial funding formula for child care, which will see Sudbury get millions of dollars less over the next few years is putting all community-based child care access at risk, say community and parent activists who don't want Sudbury to lose any child care spaces.

Families who use child care or will need a child care space in the near future should be paying close attention to today's meeting of the city social service committee where a motion is being debated, that if passed, could not only see the city's only evening day care centre shuttered but also result in cuts to community-based child care spaces and subsidies.

Child care activists are encouraging families who rely on child care to work or who may need a space in the future, to attend a rally at 4:30 today (Monday, June 17, 2013) in the Tom Davies Square courtyard and to attend the committee meeting immediately following the rally.

Several parents who are nightshift workers and whose children are receiving care at Junior Citizens have asked to make deputations to the committee. If the city closes the centre, they're concerned they will need to give up their evening jobs because no other child care centre in Sudbury offers evening care. They will be asking city councillors on the committee to vote against the motion before them tonight and to push the province to increase funding for child care instead.

Contact Information

  • Stella Yeadon
    CUPE Communication
    (416) 559-9300