Child Care Coalition of Manitoba

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Child Care Coalition of Manitoba media release, Winnipeg Project, Winnipeg, 20 May 04

Child care sector has huge economic and social impact for Winnipeg: Time for action, say leading Winnipeggers

The Child Care Coalition of Manitoba will release a major new report on child care, Thursday, May 20th, 11:00am, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, at 259 Portage Avenue. The childcare sector is worth over $101 million/year to Winnipeg and employs over 3,200 workers. Childcare is both an economic driver and service provider that fosters growth and prosperity, as well as strengthens family policy in Winnipeg.

Every $1 invested in child care returns $1.38 to the Winnipeg economy, and an even greater $1.43 to the Canadian economy - even before child benefits are factored in. Childcare also is a job creator: for every 1 childcare job, 2.15 other jobs are created or sustained. Childcare affects over 12,700 households, allowing mothers and fathers to work or study, and to earn an estimated $715 million/year.

According to the report, child care is an essential element in urban infra-structure. Yet, childcare in Winnipeg is characterized by serious inequities: some neighourhoods have much worse access and service than others. The report maps out the uneven distribution of childcare facilities.

The report is written by Dr. Susan Prentice and Molly McCracken of the Child Care Coalition of Manitoba. Fifteen leading Winnipeggers acted as the Advisory Council for the research project. The project involved over a dozen community consultations in ten neighbourhoods, as well as quantitative research. The study shows that childcare is not integrated into economic development activity and planning nor community and social development. Across all sectors of our community we can - and should - do more to meet the childcare needs of Winnipeg.

The report calls upon the Premier of Manitoba and the Mayor of Winnipeg to establish a Child Care Task Force, with a research and action mandate. The full report, and recommendation, will be available on May 20th.

Advisory Council members Dave Angus (President and CEO, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce), Daniel Boucher (Executive Director, Societe Franco-Manitoban), Glenn Crook (Sales & Market Manager, Winnipeg Central, RBC Royal Bank), Doug Edmond (Director of Research, Planning and Technology, Winnipeg School Division), Sid Frankel (Past Chair, Social Planning Council of Winnipeg), Heather Grant Jury (President; Winnipeg Labour Council), Jo Magnifico (Chief Executive Officer, Magnifico Communications), Mike Owen (Chair, Campaign 2000 and Executive Director, Winnipeg Boys and Girls Club), George Munroe (Manitoba Institute of Management Inc.) and Belinda Vanden Broeck (Executive Director, Wahbung Abinoonjiiag) will participate in the launch.



For information about the Coalition, or to set up an interview you are welcome to contact the following Steering Committee members:

Maureen Morrison

Susan Prentice

Thelma Randall