Toronto mom Wendy LaRose has seen other provinces sign up for a $ 10-a-day daycare. He wants Ontario and the federal government to sign a daycare agreement that would save him hundreds of dollars a month.
“What is the robbery?” LaRose asked. “What’s causing Ontario to have to stand here, parents struggling?”
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LaRose had her daughter in daycare since she was six months old. It was an economic struggle, and while out-of-school care is cheaper for Mireya, who is now six, it still amounts to more than $ 600 a month.
“They’ve had enough time … It shouldn’t take that long.”
Ontario is one of the last provinces that has yet to sign with Ottawa for a $ 10-a-day daycare.
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Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce said the goal of the lengthy negotiations is “to get a fair deal that cuts costs and brings us to $ 10 a day, which is what the federal government has promised.”
“The government is very committed to achieving fair treatment for Ontario families. It is so obvious that child care is unaffordable and unaffordable for many families, ”Lecce said.
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New Brunswick is also in negotiations with the Trudeau government.
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Flavio Nienow, Communications Officer for New Brunswick’s Department of Early Childhood Education and Development, said: “We remain committed to carefully negotiating an agreement that maximizes access to quality, affordable child care and responds to the unique challenges and realities. of New Brunswick Early Learning. sector, consisting primarily of small for-profit businesses owned and operated by female entrepreneurs. “
On November 15, Alberta signed with Ottawa.
Prime Minister Jason Kenney stated that he stood firm to make sure private child care operators were included in the deal.
The deal will cut child care rates in half next year and lower the cost to $ 10 a day within five years.
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Sherly Gow and Dawn Eagles, both high school students early childhood education program at MacEwan University, in Edmonton, Alta., entered into the new agreement.
“It has taken approximately 50 to 100 years,” Eagles said.
“I think this will make a big difference for parents. I think they will find child care more affordable. “
Gow, also a nonprofit owner. Discovery Place Preschool and After School Care, said the pandemic likely highlighted the critical need for early childhood programs.
“I wonder if parents who have to stay home with their children recognize how important early care educators are.”
He added that other European countries like Finland finance and support the development of early child care.
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But both Gow and Eagles said the new agreement signed with Ottawa does not include out-of-school care, which covers children ages six to 12.
“School-age children are a very high number of people in the province of Alberta,” Eagles said.
Surrounded by other early childhood education students, Eagles and Gow said they will continue to fight for higher wages for workers.
“We have been fighting for higher salaries for educators and overall quality care,” Gow said.
“We also want to increase the salaries of educators in the field, so they can also have a good quality of life,” added Eagles.
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LaRose said the patience of parents in Ontario is wearing thin.
Like most other provinces and a territory that has signed up, they say parents in Ontario need a break in fees, too.
“With $ 10 a day, I can start thinking about how I can use that extra money to put into a retirement savings plan for my daughter,” LaRose said.
“I can start to think about how we can put more food on the table. I can start to think about maybe even on a vacation.
“Let’s move forward like the other provinces.”
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