Thousands Protest Against Rumors Regarding Daycare Price Hike

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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Thousands of demonstrators convened at Place des Festivals in order to protest against rumors alleging that a law, backed by the provincial Liberal government, is in the pipeline to index the cost of daycare to household income. President of the Quebec Association of CPEs (home-based daycares), Gina Gasparrini, mentioned that “we cannot understand why they come to the only program that is actually profitable for the province,” adding that “for every dollar they spend in daycare, it generates a dollar fifty.”

Although there is nothing confirm about the new law, a report published by the French-language newspaper Le Devoir has alleged that the minimum fee for daycare would increase from $7 to $8, whereas on the other hand, the highest income household rates might go up to $20 a day. A mother of four who drove in from Repentigny, Christine Fiocco, complained in the protest that “the middle class is being taxed twice,” adding that “people with lesser incomes probably are going to struggle with this as well.” Another mother who has a child in daycare, Jennifer Prevost, alleged that “I think it’ll keep some women at home, or working less hours in order to keep their kids at home.”

In addition to that, a working paper published by the Université de Sherbrooke in May 2012 concluded that universal access to low-fee child care in Quebec encouraged “nearly 70,000 more mothers to hold jobs than if no such program had existed — an increase of 3.8 per cent in women employment.”

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