Together, we fought for—and won—action on $10/day child care for all.
But today, there are only enough licensed child care spaces in Ontario for about one in four children.
And many of Ontario's child care professionals—who are predominantly women—are working two or three jobs to make ends meet. Lots of them are living without benefits. And they’re leaving the profession in droves.
In 2019, Doug Ford cut millions from child care, taking $2.8 million away from the City of Toronto’s child care programs alone. Ford is moving ahead with a wage floor of just $18 per hour for registered early childhood educators working in child care. Under the Liberals, the cost of child care rose dramatically—reaching as high as $2,000 a month per child for infants.
There’s no child care without child care workers.
Bhutila and the NDP have a plan for fairness for child care workers.
An NDP government will:
- immediately implement a $25 wage floor for registered early childhood educators in the child care sector, and $20 for all other child care program staff
- work with unions and child care advocates to design and implement a Workforce Strategy to lead to a wage grid and decent work standards including benefits, pensions and support for child care workers to upgrade their qualifications
- grow the number of child care workers and spaces available to families
Add your name to support the NDP's plan for child care.