TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - A York University PhD student has been
denied a child care subsidy by the Region of Peel, who claim that the
subsidy only applies to full-time students up to the level of a
Masters. Reem Attieh, mother of two young children, has been paying
$2,115 a month in child care fees and has been on the Region of Peel
Region child care subsidy waiting list since August 2010.
"My husband and I lived with my parents until 6 months ago, it was the
only way that we could afford to pay for child care costs" said Attieh.
"For the last year and a half, I have kept in touch with my caseworker
and have been told that only if I get a full-time job will I qualify.
Without a child care subsidy, we can't afford to keep paying the high
cost of child care."
In 2007, the Province of Ontario changed subsidy eligibility to be based
on a family income. But Ministry of Education rules still state that
families receiving a subsidy must be at work or school full-time. Last
year, the Canadian Federation of Students ran a province-wide campaign
for fair access to child care subsidies for students.
"I am shocked to hear of a full-time student denied a child care
subsidy. The Region of Peel is unfairly targeting women students
through the denial of much needed assistance," commented Cindy
Brownlee, Mature and Part-Time Students Commissioner for the Canadian
Federation of Students-Ontario. "Thousands of students are studying
part-time because they are parents and Minister of Education Laurel
Broten needs to step in and clarify the rules so all student parents
are eligible for a child care subsidy."
Child care subsidies are provincially funded and delivered by municipal
and regional governments. There are currently 4,000 parents waiting for
a child care subsidy in Peel region.
The Canadian Federation of Students unites more than 300,000 college and
university undergraduate and graduate students in all regions of
SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Cindy Brownlee, Mature and Part-Time Students Commissioner: 416-931-2174
Reem Attieh, York University PhD student: 416-925-3825