Tag: Childcare

Business leaders welcome child-care strategy and wage subsidy extension

In its throne speech Wednesday, the Liberal government promised to extend the pandemic wage subsidy, create a million new jobs and establish a national child-care strategy, signalling a shift toward longer-term support for Canadian business that was welcomed by business leaders.

Two of the more popular announcements with the business community included the extension of the wage subsidy into summer 2021, as well as the promised expansion of the Canada Emergency Business Account, which currently provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, with a certain part being forgivable.

Trevin Stratton, chief economist with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, said he was pleased by the promise of a comprehensive child-care and early learning system, which he says will help get women, who have been hardest-hit by job loss, back into the workforce.

Recent data shows that women, especially marginalized women, have suffered higher levels of job

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America Needs to Start Treating Childcare as What It Is: Vital Infrastructure

An Enviro-Master employee disinfects toys with an electrostatic virus vaporizer at a childcare center in Elk Grove, Calif. on July 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic
An Enviro-Master employee disinfects toys with an electrostatic virus vaporizer at a childcare center in Elk Grove, Calif. on July 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic

An Enviro-Master employee disinfects toys with an electrostatic virus vaporizer at a childcare center in Elk Grove, Calif. on July 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic Credit – Max Whittaker—The New York Times/Redux

If the highway that connected the residential communities and business district of your town collapsed, the effects on the local economy would be immediate and obvious. If all public transportation were suddenly rerouted away from the office buildings in your town, business leaders and policymakers alike would respond quickly to the predictable ripple effects in the area’s workforce and revenue. It is well understood that infrastructure decisions like public roads and transportation are the foundation on which local economies grow. But an obstacle of similar magnitude is threatening the economic recovery that communities

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