Research, survey into child care in Manitoba about to kick off

Many Canadians struggle to find affordable daycare.
The Manitoba Child Care Association is launching a survey for parents who currently have kids in child care. Ian Barrett/The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG — New research about the state of Manitoba’s child care is about to get underway.

The research project, launched by The Manitoba Child Care Association (MCAA), will survey parents with children who are currently in 746 child care centres and are MCAA members.

The survey stems from the need for more access and affordability to child care, said MCAA in a media release sent Tuesday.

The waiting list for licensed child care continues to climb to record levels in Manitoba, with a new high of 15,078 children as of June 20, 2016, according to MCAA .

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“This research project is a first for Manitoba,” April Kalyniuk, MCCA president said. “Parents will be asked to report on their challenges in finding child care, opinions about affordability, preferences, impact of child care access on employment or education…”

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A survey for parents will take place later this month.

There will also be a survey of the child care workforce, a public opinion survey of the general public and a survey of business leaders to find how the issues involved impact the workplace.

Results from the research are expected later this year.