Today’s announcement of the childcare funding agreement signed between the federal government and the Province of Manitoba is the result of decades of advocacy by childcare care advocates who tirelessly fought for families, caregivers, children, and early childhood educators for the last 28 years.
As we begin to move towards the pandemic recovery plan, parents and caregivers are now even more desperate for accessible and affordable care for their children. This new program is essential to ensure an inclusive and feminist post-pandemic recovery that supports women and caregivers to re-enter the workforce. New Democrats support this transition and are committed to working alongside child care professionals, families, unions, and activists to make sure the Liberals finally keep their promise.
Manitobans deserve child care that is high-quality, universally accessible, publicly funded, affordable, and culturally safe. This must be supported by a professional workforce with good wages and working conditions. Today, I wish to congratulate the decades of work by grassroots child care activists, organizations, and families in Manitoba who are finally witnessing this historic agreement realized.