The bottom line:

  • Working families lack access to affordable and accessible childcare spaces

  • The cost of existing spaces keeps rising.

  • COVID-19 has worsened the childcare crisis by forcing many parents to work from home while taking on unpaid childcare and teaching responsibilities.

  • Parents are juggling these duties while also dealing with an unexpected job loss or reduced work time.

  • Women have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic and its economic effects.

We need universal childcare in Canada, and it is time for the federal government to act!