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The big UCCB cheque: News, analysis and responses

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Publication Date: 
22 Jul 2015


The Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) expansion

This collection organizes news and analysis to inform about the federal government's expansion of the Universal Child Care Benefit. The UCCB, initiated by the Harper government in 2006, was substantially increased January 2015. The expansion money for January-July was sent to parents on July 20 in the form of a substantial checque.

Community response:

“With the cost of child care upwards of $1200 a month, parents know that their benefit cheque is a drop in the bucket...If sending out the money months before an election is a way to buy parents to the side of the Conservatives, it is not going to work. Parents need real help in the form of affordable quality child care spaces.”

News and news analysis

Backlash after Conservative child care tweet
680News, 20 Jul 2015

The rise of the Santa state
Ottawa Citizen, 20 Jul 2015

Nearly $9-million dollars being given to London parents through universal child care benefit payment
AM980, 20 Jul 2015

Analysis: 3 things to know about the UCCB payments' impact
CBC News, 21 Jul 2015

Tories roll out taxpayer-funded payola: Goar
Toronto Star, 21 Jul 2015

Use the federal campaign to fight child poverty
Toronto Star, 21 Jul 2015

It may be universal, but the new child care benefit doesn't benefit everyone equally
Financial Post, 21 Jul 2015

What you need to know about the Universal Child Care Benefit
MacLean's, 18 Jul 2015

Questions and answers to the federal government's hike to the universal child-care benefit
The Province, 21 Jul 2015

Universal Child Care Benefit: What you need to know about these new payments
BNN, 22 Jul 2015

Readers sound off on Universal Child Care Benefit
Global News, 13 Jul 2015

Political cartoons:



Before the enhanced UCCB payments were sent to famililes across the country, the CRRU collected a number of reports about the UCCB at different points in time. A number of them can be found below.

PBO report confirms that the Universal "Child Care" Benefit is neither child care nor much of a benefit
Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer, 31 Mar 2015

The $17.5 billion question: Has the Universal Child Care Benefit given families "choice in child care"?
Childcare Resource and Research Unit, 15 Oct 2013

More than a name change: The universal child care benefit
Caledon Institute of Social Policy, 10 May 2006

Continue to follow this story and see public reponse on twitter using #UCCB