Response and analysis of the federal budget
CCPA staff and Alternative Federal Budget partners
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Federal Budget 2014: No help for families here
February 12, 2014
The Harper government claims that this year’s federal budget will create jobs and stimulate the economy but in reality, it’s just more of the same old austerity story. Flaherty says the budget will address unemployment yet it offers nothing for families struggling to access affordable child care. Canada’s ongoing crisis in child care across the country, marked by exorbitant parent fees, a shortage of regulated spaces, low staff wages and quality issues as well as the abysmal failure of the market model, is once again sidelined in the budget.
As a result:
• The majority of Canadian families with children under 5, faced with unaffordable fees and a critical shortage of spaces, will continue to turn to unregulated care.
• Canada’s commitment to ending child poverty will continue to lag behind.
• Canada will continue to rank last among 25 developed countries in meeting the minimum benchmarks for early childhood education and care (UNICEF).
• Canada will continue to fail to meet its international treaty obligations as a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
There are solutions that would support all Canadian families – check out the Alternative Federal Budget
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