Cost of Living

How Canada could pay for universal childcare, perceptions of inflation — and where are all the freezers?

This week the Cost of Living takes a closer look at the government's new childcare promise. Also the perception vs. reality of inflation — according to the Bank of Canada. And we ask why you can't find mason jars, appliances or patio heaters this fall.

A closer look at the government's childcare promise, the perception vs. reality of inflation and more

This week on The Cost of Living, we find out what the throne speech really means for families with children, what consumer goods you cannot find in Canada this autumn and and a feature chat with the Bank of Canada on inflation. (Adrienne Lamb/CBC, Ben Nelms/CBC, Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

This week on The Cost of Living, we begin by taking a closer look at the throne speech. Once again, the Liberals are talking about a national childcare program. Only this time, it feels … real?

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Producer Anis Heydari examines the potential scope and cost of a program that the federal government would want to be universal, from coast-to-coast-to-coast, and explain the costs and benefits of the Quebec model.

Also this week, a feature conversation with Carolyn Wilkins.

The Bank of Canada's senior deputy governor answers questions about inflation. Specifically, why our perceptions of costs going up don't always match with reality.

We also ask whether the central bank, which has bought billions in government bonds since the start of the pandemic, should just erase our new debt.

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Finally, we all remember the consumer product shortages at the start of the pandemic, from toilet paper to Lysol wipes to yeast.

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Now, six months in, as Canadians prepare for winter, producer Tracy Fuller reports on what new and unexpected products are in-demand across the country right now.

Mason jars are just the beginning, especially if you were hoping to keep them cold.

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