I was sitting on a terrace yesterday enjoying lunch of hot-dogs and fries with my daughter (because, apparently, Listeria doesn’t scare me one bit). Along came a 50-something woman, asking if she could share our table. “But of course!”
The conversation quickly turned to childcare. (For some reason, she believed a woman having a weekday lunch with her 3-year-old could be some sort of a resource.) This woman’s daughter is looking for a daycare for six-month-old twins, but keeps encountering waiting lists up to 4 years long.
I suggest: “Why not enroll them in private daycare and pay $30 a day only to get it all back on her income tax?”
She comes back with: “Oh, well she and her spouse make too much annually to qualify to get any money back.”
Yes, of course. When it comes to daycare, it’s deplorable to think that a family making 6 figures should have to pay more than $1,820 a year per child. Thank goodness even those families receive $100 a month per child under 6 in childcare benefits. How ever would they make ends meet?
And there you have it. Another example of how enviable our childcare system is in Quebec.