Child Care in Canada
In an upcoming survey that Randstad Canada commissioned, performed by Ipsos Reid we saw that 61% of women managers and executives say that managing work and family is their biggest obstacle in career progression. Given that, we need to look at what that obstacle means. One major part of that obstacle is child care and where you live in Canada can determine how great an obstacle that really is. Childcare is fundamental to the working success of single mothers, but it is also important for the majority of modern families, where two parents are working full time. In some regions childcare can be as expensive as college tuition, which on a young family can be an enormous economic burden.
The nation’s child care network and the programs available to families aren’t built equally. Which province has the best system is up for debate, but the one that is most simple to understand would be Quebec’s. The Quebec government recognizes three types of subsidized daycare services, available to parents and has made them available at a cost of $7 per child per day. They are: childcare centres, day care centres, and home childcare providers. With a system that costs $35 a week, Quebec’s is the most affordable.
National Child Care Benefits
On top of national child care programs, the provinces also administer their own through the Canadian Revenue Agency. Each of these has their own requirements that limit their engagement by income bracket or location. Additionally there are some programs that are ran outside of the CRA, primarily by Quebec, an example is their $7 a day program.
Provincial Child Care Benefit Programs