Canada's NDP


November 30th, 2020

Government has to deliver childcare for Canadians struggling with the pandemic

PORT ALBERNI— On Friday, NDP MP Gord Johns questioned the minister for Families, Children and Social Development about creating a universal, affordable and accessible child care program. Johns pointed out that access to childcare would help workers—especially women—return to work and boost local economies.

“This pandemic has been so difficult on small businesses and their workers. People have made tremendous sacrifices to keep their friends and neighbours safe. Now the government needs to ensure people have the supports they need to get back on their feet when the pandemic recovery begins,” said NDP Critic for Small Business, Gord Johns. “Child care would make a huge difference to people trying to get back to work and the federal government needs to make that a reality.”

According to the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, 30 per cent of small businesses are in desperate need of childcare. Johns points out that a real commitment and investment in a universal, affordable accessible child care program would relieve the stress that thousands of Canadians are feeling and help people go back to work when it’s safe to do so.

“The BC government is taking action, but they need a federal partner to make universal, affordable, and accessible childcare a reality,” said Johns. “Which is why we need the federal government to commit to this in today’s economic statement. The Liberals have been promising childcare for over twenty years, and it’s time they backed up their years of talk with action to finally support Canadian families.”