Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Friday, May 4, 2007
The GSS Sent this letter in support of Bill C303, the Access to Childcare act.
Dear members of the House of Commons HUMA Standing Committee,
I am writing on behalf of the
Access to affordable childcare has a major impact on the ability of many of our members to succeed in pursing post-graduate studies. In 2006, there were 2423 graduate students at UVic, and of these 1426 were women. The median age of full time graduate students is 30 yrs, but for part time students, who are often students juggling parenting, jobs and their studies, the median age is 37.
While UVic has excellent childcare facilities, the wait for childcare, both at UVic and at other childcare centres in
Lack of spaces drives prices up and for families living on a low income this means it is even more difficult to find safe, quality childcare. According to Campaign 2000, BC holds the shameful distinction of having the highest rate of child poverty in
Finally, Bill C303 safeguards federal funding for childcare. This is especially important to citizens of BC, where shortly after a federal childcare funding announcement the provincial government cut funds for infrastructure and creating new childcare spaces in BC.
For these reasons, we encourage you to support Bill C-303.
Sincerely, Patrick Reed