For Immediate Release
July 20, 2015
CHEQUES CAN'T DELIVER QUALITY AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE TO CANADIAN FAMILIES
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.