CUPE Ontario’s own Carrie Lynn Poole-Cotnam win this year’s Olivia Chow Child Care Champion Award

Chair of CUPE Ontario’s Social Service Sector, treasurer of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, member of the Equal Pay Coalition and an anti-poverty activist, Carrie Lynn understands that affordable, public child care is the key to closing the gender pay gap and lifting families out of poverty. “I walk in the footsteps of…

Advocates call for down payment on affordable child care and decent work

To mark Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Appreciation Day on October 25th, advocates launch the Decent Work Charter and call for a down payment on the public funding needed to ensure professional pay for early childhood educators and provide affordable, high quality child care services for parents. TORONTO – The Ontario Coalition for Better…

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Parents tell Toronto City Council to have a heart; save child care in schools

TORONTO – A group of Toronto parents and educators are calling on City Council and Mayor John Tory to have a heart and protect child care in schools by halting cuts to Childcare Occupancy Grants in the City Budget. All City Councillors are invited to join Toronto families and educators to sign a Valentine Pledge…

Province must turn gender wage gap recommendations into action: CUPE

TORONTO, ON – Following today’s final recommendations from the province’s gender wage gap strategy consultation, the Ontario division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) called on the Wynne government to set clear timelines for implementing an affordable, publicly funded child care system. In the report released this morning, the consultation committee made child…

TAKE ACTION! Ontario’s proposed child care regulation changes 

Ontario’s Ministry of Education is proposing that infants, toddlers & preschoolers in licensed child care centres be cared for in larger groups at younger ages with fewer staff. Parents, advocates and early childhood educators are mobilizing to fight these major changes. CUPE Ontario encourages all its members and allies to TAKE ACTION NOW. Please PRINT,…

CUPE commends Region of Waterloo for investing in public services

WATERLOO, ON – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing front-line Waterloo public services workers, commends the Region of Waterloo for refusing to accept recommendations made by an outside consultant firm and, instead, voted last night to save and invest in child care and employment services provided to Waterloo residents by the Region of…

“Don’t be saddled with bad decision of previous council. Rethink centre closure,” urges parent with toddler at Junior Citizens

SUDBURY, Ont. ― Sudbury parents with children at Junior Citizens Day Care (JCDC) are optimistic that city councillors – many of them newly elected last fall – will vote to support a motion coming before Sudbury council tomorrow night, to not close the child care centre.   Vanessa McMahon has two children – one of…

By-election candidates urged to support new provincial funding to keep Junior Citizens open

SUDBURY, Ont. — Municipal child care workers today urged Sudbury provincial by-election candidates to support their call for new “mitigation” funding to keep Junior Citizens Child Care Centre open. Despite Sudbury families’ increasing need for after-hours child care and appeals by parents using the centre not to close it, the City of Greater Sudbury council…