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A mother in the Niagara Region would have to earn almost $38,000 a year to feel that it was affordable to return to work after having just one child.
That number – based on economists’ calculation that families spend between 20 to 30 per cent on the mother’s annual income on child care – shoots up with two or more children.
These are among the findings of a new brief released April 4 by Brock University’s Niagara Community Observatory.
The brief, titled Can Niagara Families Afford Child Care?, outlines ongoing problems and issues of early childhood education and care faced by families in the Niagara Region and across the country.
“Middle-class families have been saying for years that high quality licensed child care is expensive and a strain on the household budget, yet the federal and most provincial governments have failed to significantly address the issue, primarily due to the high costs,” says the brief’s author Carol Phillips.