Women leaving work out West

But widely available daycare helps Eastern women enter the workforce in record numbers
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 07/20/2006

More daycare in Eastern Canada, combined with higher education, is leading to more women entering the workforce out east, while more women in Western Canada are staying home.

Traditionally women in the West have been more likely to have jobs than women in the East. However, since 1989, women in the East have made huge gains, according to a new Statistics Canada study.

"The convergence in trends between Quebec and Alberta is particularly striking,” wrote the study's author Francine Roy, a Statistics Canada senior economist.