The Affordable Child Care for All Plan

Making affordable, high-quality early learning and child care (ELCC) available to all families will grow the economy, promote gender equality, increase women’s labour force participation and enhance children’s well-being. The federal government must play a leadership role to ensure that all children in Canada, regardless of where they live, their ability, family circumstances or culture… Continue reading The Affordable Child Care for All Plan

Oxfam Canada releases its 2019 Feminist Scorecard

Oxfam Canada has released its 2019 Feminist Scorecard, the third in this series. The report assesses the steps that the government took between March 2018 and February 2019 to make meaningful progress towards achieving women’s rights and gender equality. Progress is assessed across eight policy areas: representation and leadership global development climate change and extractive… Continue reading Oxfam Canada releases its 2019 Feminist Scorecard

Early Learning and Child Care: Essential for Women’s Economic Security

Today in Canada, women cannot have economic security without paid employment outside of the home. To get access to paid employment, women with children need access to affordable early learning and child care services women—and those services must be high-quality and inclusive. The motherhood penalty Canadian data show that women with young children are less… Continue reading Early Learning and Child Care: Essential for Women’s Economic Security

New Report: Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders

Supporting and growing women-owned businesses In the first of five reports, the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders recommend, “Considering ways that childcare benefits and other family policies could be updated to equalize the ‘family economics’ calculation for women entrepreneurs”. Specifically, the group notes, “We recognize that Canada and the… Continue reading New Report: Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders

Lost Opportunities, Lost Incomes

Why families in England need further reform of childcare and early education to get into work Released Jan 1, 2018, this new analysis, Lost Opportunities, Lost Incomes, by Save the Children illustrates that parents- particularly mothers- of young children in England are struggling to get into work. This analysis reveals that, despite significant reforms to… Continue reading Lost Opportunities, Lost Incomes

Quebec’s Childcare Program at 20

Quebec’s Childcare Program at 20: How it has Done, and what the Rest of Canada can Learn, by Pierre Fortin, offers an economic analysis of and insight into the question, “Have the effects of Quebec’s childcare program on mothers’ incomes and child development been positive and significant enough to justify the cost?” Fortin engages with… Continue reading Quebec’s Childcare Program at 20

New University of Calgary Study: Labour force participation rate of women with young children

A study by the University of Calgary, School of Public Policy, Labour Force Participation Rate of Women with Young Children, has found that in Alberta, the percentage of women with young children and an employed spouse, who are active in the workforce has remained unchanged since the early 1990s. The labour force participation rate is… Continue reading New University of Calgary Study: Labour force participation rate of women with young children

New Report examines Child Care Provision and Women’s Careers in Firms

A new research paper has been released that investigates the impact of government provided child care on women’s careers. Using a unique employer-employee matched dataset from Germany and persistent county level differences in government provided child care between East and West Germany, we find that women and, particularly mothers, earn higher salaries if child care… Continue reading New Report examines Child Care Provision and Women’s Careers in Firms

New European Study Explores the Gender Employment Gap

A new European study by Eurofound: European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, explores the main characteristics and the evolution of gender gaps in labour market participation, employment and economic status. It looks at the main determinants of female labour market participation, investigating the interplay with individual and household characteristics. It examines the economic… Continue reading New European Study Explores the Gender Employment Gap

New study: Canada’s Early Childhood Education and Care Policy is Evolving

In Canada’s early childhood education and care policy: Still a laggard? (2009), Rianne Mahon examines how policy is changing throughout Canada. Canada’s early childhood education and care (ECEC) system has fared poorly in recent international comparisons. Its laggard status can be attributed to the “liberal” character of its social policy regime and to the federal… Continue reading New study: Canada’s Early Childhood Education and Care Policy is Evolving

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