When it comes to child care, we want the federal and provincial governments to follow a simple formula: Action. Access. Affordability.
Just like the governments in these three countries have achieved:
- In Denmark, municipalities are obliged to offer all children older than six months a place in publicly subsidized child care.
- In Sweden, municipalities must provide at least 15 hours of childcare per week to children over one. This obligation rises to full-time hours in cases where both parents are employed or in education.
- In Iceland, the government provides greater subsidies for single parents needing child-care spaces.
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* From OECD Babies and Bosses Report