As the federal-provincial-territorial negotiations to reach a national child care agreement in Alberta continues, it is getting increasingly unclear where Ontario stands as the province rolls out the details of its plan.
The province signed onto a deal, at last, but will not disclose the terms of the agreement, hoping to prove it has its own plan in place.
But Alberta, at last, issued details of its agreement. And with the catch of Ontario children not eligible to receive paid daycare spaces there.
“We’ve worked through an agreement with Alberta and then we have the details coming out here in the coming weeks,” said Ontario Minister of Labour Patty Hajdu in an interview.
And the rest of Canada, is noticing.
“It’s not a one size fits all policy, and there are a number of providers who are strongly indicating to me that their already struggling with demand now because of the demand and the wait times. And this is something which I think requires a long term approach,” Canada’s minister of labour and minister of Seniors, Pablo Rodriguez said.
But in this political climate, where the provinces have lost a great deal of influence with Ottawa, there is little hope for a reversal, if the feds don’t come through on this agreement. And more worry for women like Seniors Minister Pablo Rodriguez, who isn’t worried about how this deal affects kids.
“There’s no doubt that child care is a hot issue right now in Canada. There is a huge need. There is a growing need,” said Rodriguez.
“That’s a question for the provinces to try to deal with,” said Rodriguez.