In Finland, universal access to childcare was originally introduced to support women’s labor market participation. However, today the benefits seem to be far wider.
Canada lags way behind most of its peer countries on child care. There is no doubt that in the absence of a modern approach to child care provisions, families across Canada experience hardship and stress.
Policies that make good quality child care more affordable for families can increase women’s employment opportunities and change the way that the market rewards women’s work.