Canadian child-care debate
The child care debate in Canada has been a hot topic since the last federal election, and I believe it will continue to be in the years to come.
The Conservative Party’s Universal Child Care Plan (UCCP) includes the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) which provides $100 per month for children under the age of six. This allows parents to choose whether they would like to stay home with their children, put them in a child care space (i.e. daycare) or bank the funds accessible to them for their child’s future. For example, the money could be contributed to an education fund or even a retirement fund for the child later in life.
According to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, “The UCCB is designed to help Canadian families, as they try to balance work and family life, by supporting their child care choices through direct financial support.”
Unfortunately, the Liberal Party hasn’t provided much information with respect to their proposed plan. What is almost certain though is that they would spend millions of dollars on child care spaces so parents can send their children to daycare each day.
Personally, I consider the Conservative’s plan to be on the right track. Allowing parents to decide how they would like their children to be taken care of is a wise move. Families want choices when it comes to their children’s care. Whether it is having their children taken care of at a daycare facility or staying home with family looking after them, they would at least have a choice as to the care their children would receive.
In an article written for the National Post, Tasha Kheiriddin states
“Research by the Vanier Institute on the Family, corroborated by work done at the Institute for Marriage and Family, reveals that institutional daycare ranks last on the list of parents’ preferred child- care options. Care by a parent or relative ranks first. So why not empower parents to make that choice?”
I completely agree with Ms. Kheiriddin’s statement; why not empower parents to make that choice?
What do you think?