A report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has shed some light on the state of child care costs in Canada.
Toronto ranks at the highest, in terms of the average child care costs, while Quebec ranks the lowest in the country. On average, Toronto parents are paying an average of $1,000 dollars a month across all age groups. In Quebec, government policies and bylaws have caused for a capped child care cost of $174 a month for parents. According to the study, it is recommended that all governments get on board with a capped child-care policy, as it will alleviate the stresses of high child care costs and long waiting lists for child care facilities.
Currently, the rising costs have been attributed to the higher demand of needs for the child care employees within the industry. According to the report, the average salary of an early childhood educator is pegged at around $25,00o. The report notes that this figure would leave the educator without the ability to afford child care for their own children.
What do you think about the current state of child care costs in Toronto?
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