We are thrilled by the success of the Vote Child Care 2015 campaign in keeping child care on the political agenda and on the minds of voters. It would not have been possible without the thousands of Canadians who supported the campaign and participated in our various action activities.
The videos, photos and comments below show advocates calling on the next federal government to provide funding and leadership, to work with provinces, territories and Indigenous communities to make affordable quality child care a reality for all families.
Why Vote Child Care?
Week of Actions
Spring into Action for Child Care – May 10 – 17
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May 10 – 17 communities across Canada came together to kick off the Vote Child Care 2015 campaign.
With over 30 events across Canada, Spring into Action for Child Care was our opportunity to build support for our vision of affordable quality child care, and to make child care a prominent election issue in communities across Canada.
We called on provincial, territorial, Indigenous and local groups to work together to organize events to draw public attention to child care – events like town halls, door-to-door canvassing, rallies for child care, stroller brigades, community picnics and more. For provinces with existing campaigns, like the $10aDay campaign in BC, the week of action was a great opportunity to also call for federal action.
Talk it Up for Child Care – September 13 – 20
September 13 – 20 communities across Canada came together to Talk it Up for Child Care
We kicked off the Talk It Up for Child Care Week of Action with Grandparents’ Day on September 13.
Over 20 events were held across the country: from door knocking, street canvassing and tables at farmers’ markets to community forums and publicly held events in each province.
And, of course we “occupied” social media with our Twitter storm and got the #VoteChildCare2015 hashtag trending in Canada for a second time! We also saw hundreds of child care tweets during our live Twitter chat for the “Globe Debate”
Vote Child Care Pledges
The Talk it Up week of action centred around the I Vote Child Care Pledge.Through conversations in our local ridings – and with the candidates who are running – our goal for this week was to ask people to sign the pledge.
Here are just a few reasons that Canadians gave when they pledged their vote:
I pledge to vote child care 2015 because I want to live in a country that honours our commitments to children’s and women’s rights and supports equality and social justice. Shani Halfon – Toronto, Ontario
I am a parent and I work in child care. I see the benefits and the needs in my centre and in my community. Child care should not be so expensive that families can not afford it. Dina Tellum – Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Quality child care is fundamental to the development of both children and society. It is in everyone’s best interest, whether you have children or not. Investing in young people and having the option to balance work and family will create healthier communities. It will increase gender equality and create a more productive and family friendly society. This isn’t just a luxury, it is vital for Canada. Niklas Michael – Vancouver, British Columbia