As we move into reopening and on to recovery phases across the country, health and safety concerns remain at the forefront. The true key to successful work re-integration and economic recovery for parents is the availability of reliable and affordable childcare.

The federal government should ensure a panorama of voices including business, labour, the childcare sector, academics, experts, parents, and children are represented. They can lead by example in ensuring inclusivity in recovery.

The Canadian Chamber and its network believe that one of the strongest contributions that the federal government can make to a national childcare ecosystem is in workforce planning. In doing this, the focus needs to be on planning, training, and financial support surrounding the childcare sector. 

To read the full commentary by Leah Nord, Senior Director of Workforce Strategies and Inclusive Growth at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, click here.