We are thrilled by the success of the Vote Child Care 2015 campaign in keeping child care on the political agenda and on the minds of voters. It would not have been possible without the thousands of Canadians who supported the campaign and participated in our various action activities.
Vote Child Care 2015, led by the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC), campaigned for a federal government that would:
- Commit to long term sustained funding for child care.
- Provide federal leadership in the development of a national child care and early learning system.
- Come to the table with the provinces, territories, and Indigenous communities ready to build a public, non-profit system that we can count on.
During the election campaign, we saw three out of four national political parties release child care platforms, each with promises to support Canadian families with better child care. During the debates, we heard from each leader about their plans to support Canadian families.
Child care was front and centre in election news with featured stories, op-eds, and letters to the editor. Most recently, new data on child care in Canada shows that a number of the provinces/territories have taken significant steps to improve their child care sectors. This, together with the child care platforms, suggests fertile ground to build a new national child care program.
The Liberal Party of Canada promised to call a “federal government-initiated meeting within first 100 days to begin developing a National Early Learning and Child Care framework.” The Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada is committed to working with the new Liberal government, the NDP and other progressive MPs willing to make the dream of a national child care program a reality for all Canadians.
After a long election campaign, our work is far from over. We will need to continue to work to ensure that the new government builds the high quality, accessible, affordable national child care system Canada needs.
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