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A number is never just a number: Child-care costs vs. university tuition

| August 5, 2014
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$11,100

Average annual cost of child care for a toddler in Ontario in 2012. Compare that to the $7,180 average cost of university tuition fees in Ontario in 2012/13. (Source and source)

$10,884

Average annual cost of child care for a toddler in British Columbia in 2012. That's double the $5,015 average cost of university tuition fees in B.C. in 2012/13. (Source and source)

$9,900

Average annual cost of child care for a toddler in Alberta in 2012. The average cost of university tuition fees in Alberta in 2012/13 was $5,883. (Source and source)

$6,732

Average annual cost of child care for a toddler in Saskatchewan in 2012. That's about the same as the $6,017 average cost of university tuition fees in Saskatchewan in 2012/13. (Source and source)

$8,328

Average annual cost of child care for a toddler in Nova Scotia in 2012. That's more than the $5,934 average cost of university tuition fees in Nova Scotia in 2012/13. (Source and source)

$9,276

Average annual cost of child care for a toddler in Newfoundland in 2012. That's considerably more than the $2,649 average cost of university tuition fees in Newfoundland in 2012/13. (Source and source)

$7,836

Average annual cost of child care for two kids in New Brunswick in 2012. That's more than the $5,917 average cost of university tuition fees in New Brunswick in 2012/13. (Source and source)

$6,792

Average annual cost of child care for a toddler in Prince Edward Island in 2012. That's more than the $5,470 average cost of university tuition fees in PEI in 2012/13. (Source and source)

$5,172

Average annual cost of child care for a toddler in Manitoba in 2012. That's more than the $3,729 average cost of university tuition fees in Manitoba in 2012/13. (Source and source)

$1,824

The annual child-care bill for all parents in Quebec in 2012, thanks to that province's $7-a-day flat rate child-care program. Tuition in Quebec is also more affordable: it was $2,774 in 2012/13 for average undergraduate tuition. (Source and source)

$100

Amount of the federal government's monthly payment to families with children under the age of six instead of investing in a universally affordable Canadian child-care plan. (Source)

70,000

Number of newly employed Quebec moms in 2008, thanks to that province's child-care program. Research shows that for every dollar Quebec invests in affordable child care, it brings back $1.05 into the economy. (Source)

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative's Trish Hennessy has long been a fan of Harper Magazine's one-page list of eye-popping statistics, Harper's Index. Instead of wishing for a Canadian version to magically appear, she's created her own index -- a monthly listing of numbers about Canada and its place in the world. Hennessy's Index -- A number is never just a number -- comes out at the beginning of each month.

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