TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:
WHEREAS: Child care centres across the province are closing rooms and limiting enrolment because they cannot retain staff in their programs;
WHEREAS: Child care experts and advocates estimate Ontario may need as many as 65,000 new child care workers to meet the expected demand for $10/day child care;
WHEREAS: Without a strategy to recruit and retain child care workers through setting a salary scale, increasing wages, and implementing decent work standards, parents will lose access to affordable child care;
WHEREAS: Early years and child care workers have long been overlooked in child care policy-making discussions;
WHEREAS: the vitally important work of Early Years and Child Care workers has been historically undervalued, with low pay, poor working conditions, and high turnover;
THEREFORE WE, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to:immediately establish an Early Years and Child Care Worker Advisory Commission, to develop recommendations on how to support the Early Years and Child Care workforce and address staffing shortages, including through a salary scale, increased compensation and improved working conditions.