On Monday I held my breath as my daughter attended her new daycare. I knew she would have no trouble playing with the other children, learning the routine of a new environment, or embracing the change. She is full of life, is very social, and loves other children. But I was worried about her anyway.
Our report back that afternoon was fantastic! They couldn’t believe how wonderful she had done; it was as though she had always been there.
I breathed a sigh of relief.
After much procrastination I contacted subsidy in order to let them know we had changed daycare’s and to give them Brian’s work information, which included him being laid off.
I was informed that because of the lay off our daughter should have been home with him. He should not have been out assisting a friend with work, paid or unpaid, he should have been home.
We would be responsible for the daycare costs incurred over the past month.
Of course we would.
I questionned the process and asked what would have happened if Brian had been paid “under the table”? Would it make a difference if I requested payment from his friend and submitted a receipt to her?
She said it would.
I explained to her that because Brian was on Unemployment Insurance he was legally not allowed to work “under the table.” That is why he did not collect money from his friend.
I also clarified that if we were to send in a receipt to subsidy and have it on record with them then we would run the risk of being charged with fraud.
She would have to call me back.
When she called back she informed me that our subsidy was now officially cut. We were welcome to re-apply when Brian was back to work.
And that was the end of it.
Because I took the honest route I was punished.
My family is continuing to struggle.
Thank you Government of Canada.
I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate your services.
Oooh but wait.. there’s more! Stay tuned.
Coming next week.