Bhutila Karpoche MPP, Parkdale–High Park

Government of Ontario

Bill 25: Stand Up for Early Years and Child Care Workers Now!

TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:

WHEREAS:
parents in Ontario pay among the highest child care fees in the country, despite the Early Years and Child Care sector being in a state of crisis;

WHEREAS: Early years and child care workers have long since been overlooked in child care policy-making discussions;

WHEREAS: Early years and child care workers have provided front-line caregiving for the children of other essential workers during the pandemic, yet did not receive pandemic pay;

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;

WHEREAS: there is no just recovery without she-covery, and there is no she-covery without childcare—and there is no childcare without Early Years and Child Care workers;

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 increased wages and improved working conditions.

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