Supporting a Canada-Wide Child Care and Early Years System
Affordable and high quality child care is essential for nonprofit workers
Because ONN believes in decent work for women, we are advocating for a Canada-wide child care and early years system that is high quality and affordable.
Child care enables parents to work, especially 80 per cent of the nonprofit workforce which consists of women workers, is a critical source of employment for women in of itself, and nonprofit child care models are proven to provide higher quality of care because of their focus on decent work and re-investing profits into their missions.
Nonprofits Deliver a Canada-Wide Child Care System
Nonprofits, including nonprofit cooperatives, are the best partners for governments to build and expand a Canada-wide licensed child care system that is affordable, accessible, high quality and inclusive. While the sector is making the best out of precarious child care infrastructure, an enabling policy environment led by the federal government and negotiated with the provinces/territories would allow the sector to better support parents and their children.
The sector is well positioned to offer a variety of flexible, high quality child care choices to parents that do not compromise quality of care, safety and working conditions. Expanding in partnership with the nonprofit sector now will have positive cascading effects for children, parents – especially mothers, the child care workforce, communities and the broader economy for years to come.
ONN’s recommendations for expanding a Canada-wide child care system with nonprofits:
- Take profit out of child care by targeting all federal investments for expanding licensed child care across Canada exclusively to nonprofit and nonprofit cooperatives, thus ensuring there is no further expansion in the for-profit sector.
- Provide federal capital investments for building new licensed child care spaces and retrofitting existing ones exclusively to nonprofits and nonprofit cooperatives.
- Invest in start up/scaling up of nonprofits that can function as intermediaries between nonprofit child care services and the child care spaces building process to strengthen the sector’s ability to expand (e.g., technical assistance and capital project financing experts).