Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ottawa

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ottawa

March 23, 2009 07:00 ET

Media Advisory: Ontario's Economic Stimulus Plan Must Include Child Care

Ontarians can't work, retrain without child care access

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 23, 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. Ottawa area 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.

"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 local child care advocates and concerned parents, will present the economics of child care at a media conference on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the Glebe Parents' Day Care School Age Program, First Avenue Public School, 73 First Avenue, Ottawa (west side entrance on O'Connor Street).

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