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Strong support for universal child care at the Ontario Federation of Labour convention

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Ontario Federation of Labour
Publication Date: 
4 Dec 2013


Delegates to the 2013 convention of the Ontario Federation of Labour overwhelmingly supported the following resolution last week:

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will

Demand the Government of Ontario take immediate action to:

  • Invest in the expansion of a public, not-for-profit, and universal childcare system for children ages 0-12.
  • Demand a moratorium on new licensing of corporate for-profit multinational childcare companies.
  • Create a system of accountability and licensing measures to ensure that children are safe and in enriched early learning and care environments.
  • Ensure childcare workers are compensated fairly for their valuable work.
  • Address accessibility for families by immediately reducing childcare fees and investing in a universal system without compromising quality.
  • Work with affiliates, coalition partners and childcare allies to create a strong voice for a progressive universal childcare system in Ontario.
  • Work with the Canadian Labour Congress to create a universal childcare system across the country.


As well, the OFL honoured Martha Friendly with the Olivia Chow Child Care Champion Award. The award was created in 2011 to recognize the dedicated work that people make to a child care system in Ontario. Olivia was the first recipient and Martha the second. CUPE local 2484 (Toronto) nominated Martha; Janet Teibo from 2484 (pictured below) accepted the award on her behalf at the gala dinner.


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4 Dec 2013
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