2 Quick Facts
Quick Facts On The Status of Child Care In Canada
The Demand: 2,100,000 children require care across Canada
Some Child Care Industry Information
Media and industry advocates have been saying there is a shortage of daycare “regulated spaces”. Almost half (46%) of all Canadian parents have relied on some form of child care for their children aged 14 years and younger, according to a study using data from the 2011 General Social Survey on Families. But in a 2009 study, they found there is only regulated full or part-time centre-based child care space for 22% of children aged 0-5 in Canada. With much public outcry, Child Care is forefront on the agendas of national and provincial governments. The priority is look for ways to increase the number of spaces in quality, childcare programs that can accommodate parents needs.
The Economic Value of Child Care – Everyone benefits when parents can go to work knowing that their children are safe and well cared for. Over 70 percent of mothers with children under six years old are working. Only one in five of these children has access to a regulated child care space. An estimated 80% of children are using unregulated settings.
- Child care was most often used for children 2 to 4 years old, with about 6 in 10 of their parents using some form of child care arrangement. This includes spaces in daycare centres, preschools, and regulated home daycares.
- More than half (54%) of parents with children aged 4 and under required child care. The 2011 census data shows the 0-4 age group has been growing at the highest rate in 50 years (11% since 2006). Number of children, 0-4 years old in 2012: 1,928,762.
- The labour force participation rate of mothers with young children continues to increase. The number of children 0-5 years with employed mothers rose between 2009/10 and 2012, from 1,268,000 to 1,376,000. In 2012, 69.7% of mothers youngest child was 0-2 years, 76.6% for those 3-5 years, and 84.0% for those with 6-15 years.
- In 2014, women represented 47.3% of the labour force, up from 45.7% in 1999 and 37.1% in 1976. There were only enough full or part-time centre-based child care spaces for 22.5% of Canadian children 0-5 years in 2012.This creates a “child care gap” of 2 million spaces.
“The Vanier Institute estimates there are only regulated child care spaces for just 22 per cent of Canadian children under the age of six” Susan Ward, Small Business: Canada Expert writer for “About Money” identified Day Care & Nanny Services” as her number 2 choice for “Best Business Opportunities 2014. She writes “The profitable opportunity is not in becoming a nanny yourself, but in providing nannies and babysitters to others, or in operating a properly regulated daycare.”
I feel very fortunate to be doing a job I love within an organization I believe in. We have the best system in place to support and enhance the early childhood experience for the child, parent and family. With the support and guidance I receive from the Head Office, I am able to concentrate on the families and providers. It is a reassuring feeling to know I can just pickup the phone at anytime and receive the support I need.– Gayle O'Connor, franchisee since 2005