Quality child care is quality HR, experts say

Government-funded child-care should release full potential of female workforce, reduce stress on parents
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/04/2005

Some time next year, the federal government is expected to open the tap and begin pouring billions of dollars into a new national child-care strategy that could have human resources implications for decades to come.

Ottawa has pledged to transfer $5 billion to the provinces over the next five years to jump-start the creation of a national child-care plan. The provinces and the federal government agreed in principle to move forward with a national program at a meeting last month. Details are to be worked out early in the new year.

A national system of high quality child care will, claim its champions, not only produce a future generation of more productive workers, but also significantly improve the productivity of the current workforce.