Alberta’s daycare nightmare

Fewer spaces means fewer women working in labour-strapped province
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/21/2006

Alberta is in the middle of a labour shortage, one that’s only going to get worse as more people retire. But instead of taking advantage of the skyrocketing wages, more Alberta women are staying home, according to a Statistics Canada report.

Job participation for women in Alberta dropped three percentage points from 67.9 per cent in 1999 to 64.9 per cent in 2005. One of the reasons for this decline was a corresponding drop in the number of supervised daycare spaces, said Francine Roy, a senior analyst at Statistics Canada and author of the report

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