Rebuilding childcare in Canada must include a national strategy

The shuttering of childcare in Canada has put parents and providers in an untenable position, but has also given policy-makers critical insights.

It’s been almost five months since provincial and territorial governments closed childcare services. Now they are allowing them to reopen. Reopening – like shuttering – has been chaotic, anxiety-producing and inequitable for families, service providers and the childcare workforce alike. Childcare programs and parents (particularly mothers, who have been picking up a disproportionate share of the fallout) have emerged from the pandemic’s acute phase much the worse for wear.