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Materials from CUPE's child care anti-privatization campaign

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Canadian Union of Public Employees
Publication Date: 
1 Dec 2010

In 2009, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) launched a national anti-privatization campaign, focusing on the issue of privatization in health care, pensions, water, and other areas, as well as child care.

While CUPE has long advocated for public funding and against profit-making child care, with this campaign, the union took the position that Canada’s early childhood education and child care (ECEC) systems should primarily be public services that are both publicly funded and publicly-delivered (See Why public early childhood education and care?).

A cross-country tour titled "A great place to grow" included public forums at which the Canadian child care crisis was discussed and solutions proposed.

Press releases from the tour

Child care sector meeting hears about upcoming tour, October 4, 2009

Stop the scramble for good child care services: Go public, October 30, 2009

Canada urgently needs a public child care system, October 30, 2009

Public child care pays off, November 25, 2009

Provincial profiles

As part of the campaign, CUPE has developed a number of resources, including a series of provincial profiles about the state of privatization in Canadian provinces.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Nova Scotia

New Brunswick





British Columbia

Case studies of publicly-delivered child care

Toronto, Ontario

Vibank, Saskatchewan

Drayton Valley, Alberta