Lower daycare costs
The focus of this petition is to raise awareness on the issue of high daycare costs and limited hours, making it difficult for many parents to provide care for their children. In the city of Toronto, the approximate price of daycare is fifty-two dollars per day, which comes to almost one thousand dollars per month. In addition to this, late fees of one dollar per minute are added to the previous expense. (Sunnyside Day Care, 2009). For lower-income single mothers, affordability and availability are a problem. Almost one in eight Canadian children live in a family headed by a single mother (Lipman & Boyle, 2005). This problem is not just on a municipal level, it affects us globally, which emphasizes the importance of the issue. In 2007, the Conservative government promised to create 25,000 additional childcare spaces, but have not fulfilled their promise. Instead of increasing funding on new daycare centers, the government proposed tax deductions that would offer just several hundred dollars for middle class families, and nothing for the lower income families (Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, 2004). If you believe that more should be done for low-income single mothers and their children, then please sign this to help address the problem.