HSP-84 THE LABOUR FORCE PARTICIPATION RATE OF WOMEN WITH YOUNG CHILDREN
This month’s Social Policy Trends revisits an issue we first examined in November 2017, namely, possible reasons for provincial differences in the labour force participation rates of women with young children and an employed spouse. In that earlier discussion we highlighted data showing that one possible explanation for that participation rate being higher in Quebec than other provinces was the availability of relatively inexpensive childcare. We showed that after 1997, the labour force participation rate of women with young children and an employed spouse increased in Quebec significantly more than in other provinces. The timing of the increase coinciding with the introduction of less expensive childcare was seen as strongly suggestive of the benefits of such a program.Research has confirmed that connection.
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