Budget 2009 confirms federal government satisfied with Canada's last-place international ranking on child care



    OTTAWA, Jan. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Today's budget makes it perfectly clear
that the federal government is happy with its last place ranking on the
international child care scale. While Federal Budget 2009 specifically
earmarks millions of dollars to make our internationally renowned banking
system even stronger, it contains nothing to address the internationally
recognized crisis in child care services across the country.
    "The 2009 federal budget ignores the child care needs of Canadians trying
to hold onto jobs and retrain" says Jody Dallaire, Chairperson and New
Brunswick Director of the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada. "When you
have lost your job and can no longer afford child care to study or look for
work, how is a tax cut going to help you? From the United Nations to the OECD,
Canada has been repeatedly chastised for its failed child care policies and
their impact on women's equality and healthy child development. And now, it's
more of the same."
    In 2004, the OECD ranked Canada last among developed countries in terms
of access to early learning and child care spaces, and last in terms of public
investment. The OECD noted that Canadian families pay among the highest child
care fees in the world. More recently, Canada tied for last place in the
December 2008 UNICEF report card on child care and other family support
programs, achieving only one out of ten performance benchmarks.
    "Federal budget 2009 does nothing to promote quality, affordable child
care services that would help children and families weather the economic
crisis" states Dallaire. "And, without child care women cannot fully
participate in Canadian society. We call on the Opposition parties to hold
this federal government accountable for meeting Canadian families' child care
needs."
    Most countries understand that child care services are critical to a
healthy economy. Our future relies on our federal government understanding it
too."




For further information:

For further information: Jody Dallaire, Chairperson CCAAC, (506)
961-1131 (c)

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