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(VIDEO) Check it out – Choosing Child Care in Ottawa Parent Workshop

On August 26, 2021, Child Care Now (Ottawa) explained how to access quality child care in Ottawa to over 45 parents – watch that workshop and the great parent interactions here!

If you’re interested in joining the fight for universal child care in Ottawa, please get in touch with Child Care Now (Ottawa) here.

Take action to protect access to 699 leave for childcare

The fight for child care continues! This time we’re taking it to the MPs’ offices. And we want your help!

As you may have heard, the federal government has taken action to severely restrict the use of 699 leave to cover emergency child care situations for federal workers. These changes violate both members’ collective agreements and the Canadian Human Rights Act based on family status, sex and disability. 

Child Care Now Ottawa has teamed up with members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada – National Capital Region (PSAC-NCR) and parents from across the National Capital Region are announcing a week of creative protests to demand that the federal government reverse its discriminatory changes to 699 leave as COVID-19 levels surge. 

Every day, parents are also pulling their sick kids out of schools and daycares and will be forced to use up their vacation and sick leave. Workers caring for elderly relatives must make the impossible choice of putting their loved ones at risk if they go to work and bring COVID-19 home with them. These changes violate both workers’ collective agreements and the Canadian Human Rights Act.

A global pandemic is not the time to be reducing child care options. And while we’re filing policy grievances against the Treasury Board, we also need to take the issue to MPs offices. And we want your help! 

The plan: 

Child care advocates are supporting PSAC’s grievance demanding that collectively bargained rights be respected, as parents and caregivers – women in particular – will be expected to choose between their income and quality care for their children. 

Workers and advocates will be hosting actions at regional MP offices demanding the Liberal government take action to reverse  Treasury Board’s recent policy change, respect collectively bargained rights, and expand similar protections for all caregivers across Canada.

We are setting up meetings with four MPs between November 30 – December 4. These meetings will take place during an action outside their offices. We will be virtually meeting with them on a computer, but we will be outside their offices putting up posters on their windows. The actions will take 30 minutes. 

We need your help: 

Fill out this sign-up form and indicate if you’re able to attend the action. There are a few different ways you can participate, such as sharing a story about child care and 699 leave during the pandemic, participating in the meeting with your MP, recording a video about your child care experience during the pandemic, and more! 

COVID-19 precautions: 

  • We will be capping each MP office action at a maximum number of 12 participants.  
  • We will be providing masks and hand sanitizer on site for people in attendance. 
  • We will be maintaining social distance between participants. 
  • The action is outdoors (dress warmly). 

The fight to protect our collective rights is won not just at the policy grievance level, but with targeted actions at politicians who are reducing child care options in a pandemic. PSAC members deserve better. 

I hope you’ll fill out the sign-up form and join us. 


Budget 2021 – Online Storytime and Chalk Party!

Sunday, November 8 at 10:00 am, join us with your kiddo for stories and songs presented by an ECE, and some ideas about standing up for child care here in Ottawa as City Council debates its 2021 Budget.

The Mayor’s proposed budget – after he voted with all of Council to invest in child care last year – offers nothing for parents, children, and early childhood educators struggling with the impact of the last six months. What it does offer is a hefty increase to the police budget – the people of Ottawa are getting policed instead of cared for.

You can read some of our ideas beforehand here.

This pandemic has burnt out Ottawa’s child care sector and the parents of young kids – it’s time to come together, sing some songs, read some stories, and talk about how to build a real, resilient child care system for the city.

At 10 am, join us on Facebook Live:

Make sure to register HERE


Afterwards, we’re encouraging people to make chalk drawings sending their support for a strong Early Childhood Education sector!

Write messages to your councillor about what needs to happen in this Budget (check out some suggestions below), take a picture of your art, and make sure to tag us in when you post it on Facebook (@childcarenow.ottawa) and Twitter (@OttawaCCN) – please use the #613SupportsECEs hashtag.

Last, tag your councillor in! If you’re not sure what Ward you’re in, you can check that here.

Some suggested chalk slogan ideas:

  • Child care is not an afterthought
  • Mayor Watson – Invest in child care, now!
  • Family needs > more cops
  • The true measure of any society is how they treat their most vulnerable #childcarenow
  • Save Tunney’s! 
  • Find more here…

See you and the littles Sunday morning!



ECE Appreciation Day is October 22, 2020 – Let’s do a Social Media Blitz between 1:00 – 4:00 PM for Ottawa ECEs!

Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day (Thursday, October 22) is coming soon!

Please join Child Care Now (Ottawa) on ECE Appreciation Day in showing your support for the ECEs in your life.

This year is the most important year in recent memory to show our support for early childhood educators. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed our already wildly inadequate child care system to the edge of collapse, revealing the deep gaps created by a market-based system for delivering what should be a basic right.

ECEs – the first group of educators forced back to work after schools and child care programs were closed in March – are now working twice as hard, with no increase to an already shockingly low compensation despite way more challenging conditions. Parents of young children are now entering another wave of mental health crisis, as the exhaustion of working from home while doing child care and/or the stress of finding emergency or unsafe child care deepens. It’s time to fight for ECEs, and to fight for child care.

 To support our ECEs, we need to increase pressure on all levels of government to build a strong, public, universal child care system for all, based on safe and dignified work for the heroes running that system. 

On Thursday, October 22 between 1:00 and 4:00 PM, please join us in honoring the work of our ECEs: take a photo with a message of support for Ottawa ECEs, and post in on social media by following these instructions . Please RSVP below.


Ottawa Town Hall on Child Care – Wednesday, July 22, 7:30pm


Please join us for a critical discussion on the crisis in and future of Ottawa and Ontario’s child care system, featuring:

  • Doly Begum – MPP for Scarborough Southwest and Official Opposition Critic for Early Learning and Childcare
  • Joel Harden – MPP for Ottawa Centre
  • Morna Ballantyne – Executive Director, Child Care Now/member of Child Care Now (Ottawa)
  • Alana Powell – Executive Coordinator, Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario

Child care centres are critical to ensuring Ontario’s economic recovery, and critical to supporting Ottawa’s workforce, especially women. We can’t have an equitable and safe reopening of the economy without access to affordable and quality childcare for everyone that needs it. 

Join us for a conversation on how we can push for better childcare spaces in Ottawa and across the province as we gradually reopen the economy. We can’t go back to the status quo, and so let’s discuss the vision for child care that benefits all parents.

Join the Town Hall with this link:

Please register below!