Early Learning and Child Care

Having passed second reading last fall, the New Democratic Party Early Learning and Child Care Act (C-303) will be studied by the Human Resources and Social Development committee beginning this week.

"Passing the NDP Child Care Act will make quality public child care a cornerstone of Canadian social policy. Parliament has an opportunity to enshrine universal access to early learning and child care in legislation, giving every Canadian family increased choice," said NDP MP Denise Savoie (Victoria), the mover of the bill.

"For too long the federal government has been failing Canadian kids and their parents. Conservatives promised 125,000 child care spaces. But where are they? Conservatives promised accountability, but no one knows how the millions of child care dollars are spent. Even the minister's own advisory committee said there is a need for more accountability and that is what this bill aims to achieve," said NDP MP Olivia Chow (Trinity-Spadina).

The recent child care spaces report commissioned has been left virtually ignored.

Over the next 3 weeks Savoie and Chow will champion the bill before the HRSD committee in hopes that the bill will receive speedy passage through the committee to return to Parliament for third reading.

"In this minority government, the three opposition parties have an opportunity to finally pass a child care act that will shape the future of early learning and development of Canadian children," said Chow. "It's long overdue."

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