A new report suggests a lack of access to affordable childcare in B.C. is putting women and children at risk.
Kendra Milne with West Coast LEAF, who produced the report, says the shortage actually puts mothers at risk of human rights violations.
“For example, being caught in cycles of poverty, things like putting the parent-child relationship at risk, we also found that not having access to child care can increase women’s risk of experiencing intimate partner violence.”
The report argues women and children facing those challenges are being denied their charter rights to equality and security of the person.
Milne says that leaves women in need of childcare with undesireable alternatives.
“Like a teenage older sibling was really providing a significant amount of childcare, relying on sort of patchwork systems of neighbours and other single mothers that might vary week to week, or even day to day, that was really chaotic for their child, and we also heard women who were not able to secure anything.”
It’s key recommendation is the implementation of a $10/day childcare plan to B.C.
The report will be sent to provincial and federal law makers in hopes of creating a new funding system for families most in need.