Days may be numbered for $7 daycare

The Family Minister is promising to maintain the freeze on the price of 7$ daycare, but only until the next election is called, and then there would be a little soul-searching.

Nicole Leger was responding to a working group she created which tabled its final report yesterday.

It calls for parents to pick-up a greater share of the real cost of the subsidized system.

The working group is recommending minimal but gradual increases to ease the burden on lower-income families, culminating with eventual indexation.

The group found that the share of daycare costs borne by parents has fallen to just 13% of  the real value from 20% in 1997.

Their recommendations also come one day after an HEC report concluded that Quebec was living beyond it's means.

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  1. Kari posted on 01/30/2014 09:06 AM
    The problem is not with the $7 a day, its with the people who have taken advantage of it.
    There are people who can well afford regular daycare but have somehow managed to qualify therefore taking up spaces which other people desperately need.
    1. Mary posted on 01/30/2014 04:54 PM
      @Kari Yes, the problem is with $7 a day care. This cost Quebec residents a lot of tax dollars. Thirty years ago I raised my child as a single parent without support and had to pay $30/day daycare. No one paid my day care or subsidized my daycare. That is part of the cost of raising children, if you don't want the responsibility, DON'T HAVE KIDS. It's not Quebec's responsibility to pay for working peoples daycare.
  2. ric posted on 01/30/2014 09:26 AM
    It's a great idea for those that HAVE to work. It's just cheap babysitting for the rich instead of paying a nanny.
    1. LMAO posted on 01/30/2014 01:17 PM
      @ric This would be easy to control. The rate should only apply to those who's income qualifies them. This number would have to be determined of course but a fair level would be easy to assign. This would weed out the babysitting users and would most likely free up enough spots for those who can't get one now.
  3. Andrew posted on 01/30/2014 12:33 PM
    Whats taking them so long to lnk it to parents income? I had a current nhl players child in my childs class paying $7 a day! Thats really pathetic!
  4. carnationpurple posted on 01/30/2014 02:57 PM
    For all the previous comments, subsidized spots are in centers that are regulated by the government and has the government program set in place for care and education. A private non-subsidized daycare is just a business. It's like saying that a rich person shouldn't be allowed to send their children to a public elementary school or public high school, and be forced to pay thousands of dollars for private school, just because they can afford it.
  5. George73 posted on 01/30/2014 04:53 PM
    Another idea spawned by Marois that has always been beyond the means of the government to pay for. Thank the non-secular higher being that Quebec has received transfer payments from ROC to pay for this, at the same time that this woman demonizes Canada as supressing the value and culture of Quebec. Seems like Quebec culture and nanny state values are entirely dependent on transfer payments.
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