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)
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)
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)
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.