Jen BudneyJen Budney

Les, great point. Childcare co-operatives in Saskatchewan are a good example of the problem you point to in the Diefenbaker case. While the government doesn’t provide 90% of the funds for most centres (more like 25%), it permits licensed childcare centres to operate only if they follow certain regulations and curricula. The result is that co-op boards control little except parent fees and staff salaries. While this isn’t “nothing”, it can be frustrating for members who would like to see, for example, culturally appropriate programming for certain demographics, which may not fall in line with provincial regulations.


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