The Challenge of Rural Childcare in Canada

Susan Prentice


Childcare is underdeveloped in Canada, even though the country is a rich federation. Unlike many better-developed social policies, childcare services are delivered primarily through voluntary, non-profit or commercial markets rather than by governments. This policy framework disadvantages all children and families, and has particularly severe consequences for rural, remote and northern Canadians. This article provides an overview of childcare services outside of towns and cities, considering (a) how Canada’s political system of federalism and (b) its liberal social welfare policy architecture work against high quality and equitable childcare services

Av. Bertrand Russel, 801 - Anexo II - 1º andar - Sala 02, Faculdade de Educação - Unicamp, CEP: 13083-865, Campinas (SP, Brasil). Fone: +55 19 3521-6833