Concerns on daycare and the economy
I have sent this to Ernie Hardeman, Stephen Lecce and Doug Ford to shed light on the problem many families are facing as the economy reopens and September looms – where do our children go?
I fear without either government assistance or action, people – likely lower income families and particularly women – will have to leave their jobs to take care of their children. I’m concerned for people who can’t afford to leave their job or don’t want to leave will find sub-optimal childcare – or worse – no care at all.
I appreciate the difficulty that comes with balancing an economic shutdown and the health on Ontarians during the global pandemic. However, I take issue with the province’s plan – or lack thereof – for daycare and what I’ve seen so far for school reopening options.
I’m a working mother of three who used to live in the Toronto area and now live in Oxford County. It’s a struggle to find suitable full-time care for my children in Ontario. When the Ford government announced daycares could reopen, they restricted the already limited number of spaces available and put the onus on centres to choose who will receive this care. Many friends of mine have been told their daycares can’t afford to reopen because of this and others told fewer spots will mean higher fees.