Parent fees in most of Canada are higher than university tuition, while provincial/ territorial subsidies fail to make childcare financially accessible to the low income parents eligible for them. Fees range from $154/month in Quebec to $414/month for a toddler in Manitoba, to $600 - $800/month for a toddler in the rest of Canada. The number of children subsidized has grown little relative to expansion in spaces since 2001. Generally, the number of subsidized spaces for children as a percentage of all spaces has remained static or dropped. This means that access to subsidized childcare for low-income children has been reduced, creating additional barriers to employment, training and education for low income families.
This House "seek(s) to achieve the goal of eliminating poverty among Canadian children by the year 2000".
House of Commons, unanimous all-party resolution, November 24, 1989.
"We are committed to promoting and securing the full implementation of the House of Commons Resolution of November 24, 1989."
Commitment by National and Community Partners Campaign 2000, November 24, 1991.
Campaign 2000 is a cross-Canada public education movement to build Canadian awareness and support for the 1989 all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. Campaign 2000 began in 1991 out of concern about the lack of government progress in addressing child poverty. Campaign 2000 is non-partisan in urging all Canadian elected officials to keep their promise to Canada's children.
Since its inception, Campaign 2000 has grown to become a vibrant network of national, regional and local partner organizations that actively work on child/family issues from diverse perspectives. There are over 120 national, community and provincial partners actively involved in the work of Campaign 2000. Hundreds of other groups across the country work on the issue of child poverty everyday, such as children's aid societies, faith organizations, community agencies, health organizations, school boards, and low-income people's groups. For a complete listing of all of our partners, please refer to the Campaign 2000 partners’ list Campaign 2000 partners' list.
Campaign 2000 works to increase public awareness of the levels and consequences of child/family poverty by publishing research on the indicators of child poverty and developing public education resources.
Campaign 2000 puts out an annual national Report Card on Child Poverty in Canada measuring the progress, or lack of progress, of the unanimous all-party resolution "to seek to achieve the goal of eliminating poverty among Canadian children by the year 2000". Many of our partners also produce local report cards. You can order copies of the 2000 Report Card on Child Poverty in Canada using our Order/Donation form.
Our Discussion Papers (including our most recent policy paper called Pathways to Progress) contain a set of proposals for public policies and social investments based on the life cycle approach to addressing child poverty.
Campaign 2000 is involved in public and government consultations around the issue of child and family poverty and government policy. We also lobby all parties in both federal and provincial governments for improved social policies relating to the national child benefit, social housing, child care, labour market supports, community services and other relevant policy areas.
Build on the deep public concern about this issue by engaging local communities to examine child poverty and children's well-being through presentations, displays, and forums and our publications.
Advance doable public policy solutions and insist on federal and provincial leadership in income, services, housing, and labour market security for families and children with wide consultation from our partner base.
1. We must raise and protect the basic living standards of families in all regions of the country so that no child in Canada must ever live in poverty*.
2. We must improve the life chances of all children in Canada to fulfil their potential and nurture their talent, and to become responsible and contributing members of Canadian society.
3. We must ensure the availability of secure, affordable, and suitable housing as an inherent right of all children in Canada.
4. We must create, build and strengthen family support, child care and community-based resources to empower families to provide the best possible care for their children.
* Poverty is measured using Statistics Canada's Low Income Cut-Off Lines (LICOs).
You can write a letter to your federal politician and tell him/her that you need to know what they are doing about child poverty.
You may also choose to get involved in the work of Campaign 2000 or that of our partners across the country, or choose to make a personal donation to Campaign (tax receipts are issued for amounts over $10).
To obtain further information and/or to order Campaign 2000 publications, including the annual Report Card on Child Poverty and Campaign 2000 discussion papers, you can use the online order form, or contact us.