Families need more than a child benefit
OTTAWA – October 24, 2017
To make the most of today’s announced boost to the Canada Child Benefit, the federal government must also substantially boost its child care policy, says Canada’s national child care advocacy organization.
Reacting to today’s announcement, the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada is urging the federal government not to put all its spending on children in one basket.
“Some families will of course benefit from the improvements to the Canada Child Benefit but they are not a substitute for ensuring access to quality child care services, which is key to reducing poverty, increasing economic security for middle class families and women’s equality, as well as bolstering Canadian productivity”, said Morna Ballantyne, the organization’s Executive Director.
“All the evidence shows that cash payments to parents will not make child care services any more accessible and will not resolve the child care crisis that is putting children, families and economic growth at risk. The only way governments can meet those objectives is to create a sufficient number of quality spaces and fund their ongoing operation,” she added.
“We are very disappointed that Minister Morneau’s plan to spend extra funds generated by better-than-expected economic performance includes nothing further to build the high-quality child care system Canada needs,” Ballantyne said.
The Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada has long argued that families across Canada have diverse needs that include adequate income, good jobs and family time. The group has called for a package of policies including universal, high-quality child care, equitable parental leave and other family policies in addition to well-designed child benefits.
Citing evidence based on international comparisons and policy research from groups such as the International Monetary Fund, UNICEF and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the child care movement has urged the federal government to boost federal spending on early learning and child care to $1 billion in 2018, and a further $1 billion each subsequent fiscal period until Canada at least reaches the international minimum benchmark of 1 per cent of GDP in current dollars.
Morna Ballantyne, Executive Director, 613-791-3411, firstname.lastname@example.org
Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC) is a membership-based organization that advocates for improvement to early childhood education and child care policy across Canada.