Note: This post was sent in to my local newspapers as a “Letter to the Editor” and as an Editorial piece for consideration. I am very passionate about creating change, especially when the needs of my community and my province are ignored.
On October 6, 2011 Canadians go back to the polls.
Issues such as health care, education, taxes, and whether Jack Layton’s untimely death will have an effect on the NDP’s numbers are all being discussed.
As an Ontario resident I have sent in my concerns to my MP and then my MPP only to be told that the issue will be addressed at a meeting.
A meeting that will be held soon.
Coincidentally there is an election coming up and that get-together hasn’t been held yet.
While I wait for that meeting, and my MPP promotes her candidacy, my childcare subsidy continues to be lowered due to my income increasing, and my daycare costs continue to skyrocket to over $900 a month.
Letters of concern, phone calls, and referrals have been exhausted while my family attempts to afford this cost. A cost that is not possible.
But the numbers say it is.
Our Gross income.
The government and agencies following the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Education have dictated that subsidy for daycare be determined by an individuals or family’s GROSS income. Money that we never see.
This amount is higher than our mortgage.
Ontario has increased the amount of funding dollars for employment programs, second career, and employment resource centres; they are encouraging individuals to utilize employment insurance for the purpose of retraining and education upgrades, and they are offering money for those interested in opening their own business.
All of this is in place to encourage Ontario residents to get back to work.
Once they do they will find themselves back in dept. Struggling to pay for daycare for their children. Unsure of whether they should be enrolled in a registered or unregistered centre due to the cost. Confused with the push to find work by the government and the lack of support once they have it.
They will consider quitting so that they can have subsidy again.
This October 6, 2011 consider the above when you cast your vote.
The working poor.
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