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.
Visit our Advocates in Action page to see some of the photos, videos and comments we gathered from this activity.
Check out our Campaign Tool Kit for all of the training and organizing resources developed for this vibrant campaign.
Vote Child Care 2015
Vote Child Care 2015 brought together child care advocates and supporters from across Canada to promote the Vision endorsed at the ChildCare2020 conference.
See the vision on video
This child care vision is based on:
- Universal entitlement – Child care for all is a public good, a human right and part of building the equal, just Canada that we value
- High quality – Quality in child care programs is key for children’s development and well-being
- Comprehensiveness – A variety of inclusive child care services and related policies are needed to support all families
Making this possible means:
- A national policy framework – a well-designed plan developed by the federal government together with provinces, territories and Indigenous communities
- Long-term funding – sustained to keep child care affordable, pay ECE’s decent wages and keep quality
- Building a system – bringing together all levels of government, researchers, service providers, parents and educators to plan for the care and educational needs of young children and to support parents to work, study and participate in their communities
Vote Child Care 2015 campaigned for a federal government that would:
- Commit to long term sustained funding for child care.
- Provide federal leadership in the development of a national child care and early learning system.
- Come to the table with the provinces, territories, and Indigenous communities ready to build a public, non-profit system that we can count on.
Child Care and the 2015 Election
During the election campaign, we saw three out of four national political parties release child care platforms, each with promises to support Canadian families with better child care. During the debates, we heard from each leader about their plans to support Canadian families.
Child care was front and centre in election news with featured stories, op-eds, and letters to the editor. Most recently, new data on child care in Canada shows that a number of the provinces/territories have taken significant steps to improve their child care sectors. This, together with the child care platforms, suggests fertile ground to build a new national child care program.
The Liberal Party of Canada promised to call a “federal government-initiated meeting within first 100 days to begin developing a National Early Learning and Child Care framework.” The Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada is committed to working with the new Liberal government, the NDP and other progressive MPs willing to make the dream of a national child care program a reality for all Canadians.
After a long election campaign, our work is far from over. We will need to continue to work to ensure that the new government builds the high quality, accessible, affordable national child care system Canada needs.