Daycare funding cuts on the way
The Quebec government is cutting private and public daycare funding in a bid to lower the deficit.
There's word Quebec Family Minister Nicole Léger has announced 56-milion dollars in total cuts, with nearly 38-million in the public sector and over 18-million in the private sector.
Daycare associations vow to fight the decision; there are concerns some centers could close.
Jeff Begely is the president of health and social services for CSN, a union that represents daycare workers across the province.
He says daycares are near capacity.
"There's thousands of parents who are looking for places", Begley told CJAD News.
The reported cuts to daycares are puzzling to Begely as he says studies have shown it's a net gain to society to have parents work rather than claim social assistance.
"We're really worried that the impact is that some daycare centres will have to close or cut back on their services", Begley added.
The union plans speak to the government over the next few days hoping to change its stance on the cuts.