Cost of Living

Childcare is an economic issue Canadians need to tackle, say economists and parents alike

Parents and an economist weigh in on what it means for Canada's economy when we lack concrete strategies for schools to resume in September, or substantial plans to address capacity issues at childcare centres.

Without alternatives to school or easy access to childcare, many families can't return to the workforce

Essential worker childcare offered at Lord Roberts elementary school in Vancouver, B. C. in April 2020. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Parents, and economist Armine Yalnizyan, weigh in on about what it means for Canada's economy when we lack concrete strategies for schools to resume in September.

Add in capacity issues at childcare centres and the problems go beyond education.

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Without alternatives, many families don't see how everyone can go back to work when there's no plan for their kids. And if we can't all get back to work, there are broader economic consequences that could affect every Canadian, whether they have their own children or not.

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