Breaking through barriers for workers
who have children with special needs

Welcome to Special Needs and Moving On Projects!

Special Needs & Moving On projectsThe Special Needs and Moving On Projects provide resources and support for workers at the post office whose children have disabilities. The projects are available to members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the Union of Postal Communications Employees (Public Service Alliance of Canada). The Special Needs Project is geared to families with young children; the Moving On Project is for adult sons and daughters with special needs. Life is more demanding when you work and have a child with special needs. Learn more about our Special Needs and Moving On projects.


Resource Guide: Special Education Navigation Tool

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The Resource Guide: Special Education Navigation Tool is an online searchable PDF document. It supports parents and guardians of children with special needs to more easily navigate the public education system in their province or territory.

Having access to information about programs and services will better support parents/guardians to ensure their child has access to a truly inclusive education.

To use the guide parents/guardians simply navigate to their province or territory to find key information about what their school age child is entitled to:

  • Transportation to school
  • Definition of inclusive education
  • Individual program plans and how they work
  • Suspension and expulsion processes
  • Parental rights
  • Alternatives to a school diploma
  • Transition planning
  • Other community supports and programs for school age children

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives created this guide for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the Union of Postal Communications Employees.

(You can search this document using the find or search tools within your PDF reader).

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NEW! A Guide to the National Parties' Child Care Platforms in the 2015 Federal election

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New Release!
This summary of the national parties' platforms on early childhood education and care and related family policy is intended as a guide to help Canadians make informed voting choices. The information is taken from online written sources publicly available at the time of writing and will be modified  accordingly if additional information becomes available.  

As a non-partisan multi-sectoral campaign with an interest in ensuring that child care is an issue on the political agenda, Vote Child Care 2015 neither endorses nor supports any political party but encourages all parties to share our vision of a national child care program.
Vote Child Care 2015's vision...
This shared vision for a national child care program informs the Vote Child Care2015 Campaign. It was endorsed unanimously at ChildCare2020,Canada's 4th national child care policy conference.


Cheques Can't Deliver Quality Affordable Child Care To Canadian Families

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For Immediate Release
July 20, 2015

A small fraction of the monthly child care costs of Canadian families will be covered by the Government's payout ahead of the Federal Election, in the form of the Universal "Child Care" Benefit (UCCB).

The cost of this cheque, plus income-splitting will cost Canadians almost $8 billion by 2017, without delivering a National Child Care program. A recent report from the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) states that more than half the money spent on the expanded UCCB will go to families without child care expenses of any kind.

Currently, only one in five children is able to access a regulated child care space in Canada. For a majority of Canadian families, child care is the second highest household expense. Combined, these obstacles disproportionately impact mothers in the workforce.

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