Childcare Reform Key to Post-Covid Economic Recovery

Posted on March 30, 2021 in Debates

Source: — Authors: – Media Release
March 30, 2021.

More accessible and affordable childcare will be crucial in determining whether parents can resume their pre-COVID growth in employment and wages, says a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute.

In contrast to calls for a nationalized childcare system, in “Aggressive Incrementalism: Strengthening the Foundations of Canada’s Approach to Childcare,” authors Ken Boessenkool and Dr. Jennifer Robson argue that an expanded role for the federal government will not be the panacea many hope for. They propose a raft of reforms that would expand funding and daycare spaces building on structures already in place.

“This aggressive, incremental approach – building on what exists – should not mask the importance or challenge of getting childcare right,” write the authors. “We do not have the luxury of time to reinvent early learning and care from the ground up or to waste months, if not years, renegotiating the division of responsibilities in Canadian federalism. We need immediate attention and incremental but aggressive reforms to get this right, for women, for families and for Canada as we emerge from the pandemic.”

Among a suite of reforms at the federal and provincial levels, the authors recommend:

Read the Full Report

For more information contact: Ken Boessenkool, Research Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute, J.W. McConnell Professor of Practice at the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University and President and founder of Sidicus Consulting Ltd.; Dr. Jennifer Robson, Associate Professor, Political Management, Carleton University;  or David Blackwood, Communications Officer, the C.D. Howe Institute, 416-873-6168,

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