Canada’s child-care deserts affecting nearly 50 percent of younger children: CCPA reports

Representative image of Child care center. Image credit: Unsplash/ Zoo_Monkey

Toronto/CMEDIA: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)’s new report is focusing on Canada’s lack of child-care spaces and how it’s affecting families with children of various societal backgrounds.

According to the report, released on Tuesday, 1.97 million children in Canada under the age of eligibility to enter kindergarten, 946,000 of them are living in child-care deserts, reportedly those parts of Canada without adequate access to child care, irrespective of fees.

Of the 759,000 full-time licensed child-spaces in the country, the CCPA estimates roughly 48 percent have access challenges.

Among the most impacted provinces, 92 percent of Saskatchewan’s younger children are living in child-care deserts, followed by 79 per cent in Newfoundland and 76 per cent in British Columbia

While Prince Edward Island only had one child-care desert in the whole province, the least in Canada with four per cent of younger children struggling to access care.

According to the report, eleven percent of Quebec’s younger, and 29 percent of New Brunswick children are living in child-care deserts.

The report also found that it’s most often rural areas that are more likely to have child-care deserts in comparison to urban areas with a population of over 100,000 people.

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