Media advisory - Ottawa event to highlight need for universal child care

OTTAWA, Sept. 11, 2015 /CNW/ - Parents, child care workers, anti-poverty activists and concerned citizens will gather on Monday to demand support for a universal, affordable non-profit child care system.

The event is part of the Vote Child Care 2015 campaign's Talk it Up for Child Care week of action. The goal is help make child care a ballot box issue and emphasize the fact that municipalities need federal funding into order to deliver quality care for all kids and families.



Vote Child Care 2015 action: a federal election issue for our city


Monday September 14, 2015, 9:30-11:30 am


Jean Pigott Hall, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier West


"Families need quality child care we can count on. This is a responsibility of all the levels of government, cities can't fund this alone," says Suzanne Doerge from the City for All Women Initiative. "We need a federal government that will provide long-term funding and leadership for quality, affordable child care.  We are calling on members of city council to commit to raising this issue with the candidates in the federal election."

The event organizers include Vote Child Care 2015 and Making Votes Count, which brings together the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres and the City for All Women Initiative to increase civic engagement and voter turnout.

Monday's event will include:

  • Child care "kitchen table" chats
  • A child care obstacle course
  • An opportunity to sign the Vote Child Care pledge

Members of the public, Ottawa city council and city staff are invited.

You can read about Vote Child Care 2015 events happening across Canada by following the #VoteChildCare2015 hashtag on Twitter.


SOURCE Vote Child Care 2015

For further information: or to book interviews: Ariel Troster, 613-292-8363 (in advance); Suzanne Doerge, 613-853-1954 (on Monday, September 14)

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