The Fraser Institute's child-care troubles
The Fraser Institute's child-care troubles This article is more than 7 years old

The Fraser Institute’s child-care troubles

When the Fraser Institute published a report recently on the cost of raising a child, the right-wing think tank claimed – with a straight face – that it costs between $3,000 and $4,500 each year. Author Christopher Sarlo also provided a helpful tip: Canadians can be thriftier when it comes to raising their children. The […]

When the Fraser Institute published a report recently on the cost of raising a child, the right-wing think tank claimed – with a straight face – that it costs between $3,000 and $4,500 each year. Author Christopher Sarlo also provided a helpful tip: Canadians can be thriftier when it comes to raising their children.

The author just happened to exclude a huge expense when he did the number-crunching: cost of child care. Parents outside Quebec who can’t access the province’s $7-a-day child-care program know how high this monthly expense is. The Fraser Institute’s annual child-rearing budget could be eaten up in a few months.

But measuring “the cost of raising children is laden with political implications stemming from vested interests that seek to increase entitlement programs for parents,” the report states.

That’s why it’s been so remarkable this week to read the Globe and Mail’s six-part series on child care, running through Friday

Not known for its activist bent, the newspaper’s headline “The case for publicly funded child care” said it all. Here’s a bit more for the Fraser Institute to chew on:

“Universal child care is a three-way economic stimulus program – it helps parents work (and reduces poverty), directly creates jobs for early childhood education, and if the early learning is good enough, gives a boost to the next generation of skills labour.”

Photo: bcgovphotos. Used under a Creative Commons BY-NC-DC licence.

Help us protect Canadians by holding the powerful accountable.

Journalism is an important public service. That’s why PressProgress is prioritizing stories aimed at keeping Canadians safe and holding the powerful accountable during the coronavirus pandemic.

Please consider supporting our award-winning non-profit news organization so we can keep making a positive impact for Canadians.

 

Support Our Journalism
PressProgress
PressProgress is an award-winning non-profit news organization focused on uncovering and unpacking the news through original investigative and explanatory journalism.

Most Shared

worker Explainer

Ontario PC MPP Floats Idea of Replacing Teachers With Pre-Recorded Videos To Cut Education Costs

Related Stories

Explainer

What Is Sectoral Bargaining and How Can It Help Canada’s Working Class?

View the post
Analysis

BC’s Investments in For-Profit Child Care Could Undercut Promises of Higher Wages and Lower Fees, Advocates Say

View the post
Explainer

Why Is The Pandemic’s Economic Harm Disproportionately Impacting Young Women?

View the post

Explainers

Work & rights

Liz Walker and Shanice Regis-Wilkins

What Is Sectoral Bargaining and How Can It Help Canada’s Working Class?

View the post

Emma Arkell

Why Is The Pandemic’s Economic Harm Disproportionately Impacting Young Women?

View the post
Human rights & inclusion

Amira Elghawaby

Canada is Holding an Emergency Summit to Take Action Against Islamophobia. Here’s What’s at Stake for Canadian Muslims.

View the post