Child-care and family support issues in Transcona

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As we navigate the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Manitoba, Transcona families are having difficulty accessing supports and maintaining their childcare spots. I have heard from many constituents about this issue and I want to highlight a couple stories in particular.
One Transcona small business owner rents space in a strip mall and has managed to keep their business open throughout the pandemic. They managed to survive the second wave because it hit during a busy time for their business. As a result, they chose to opt out of small business supports offered by the province.  
Now, however, during the third wave and with their child’s school moving to remote learning, they are facing additional challenges. They now have to manage both keeping their business open and helping their school-age child at home who requires support during remote learning. 
 They were able to stay afloat without a bridge grant from the province through the winter, but now, when they need help, the Progressive Conservative government won’t give them one because they didn’t apply for previous rounds.  As you can imagine, this is causing added stress during an already difficult time.
Another constituent is struggling with the discrepancies between pre-school and school-aged child-care supports. She has a school-aged child at home doing remote learning but also a preschool-aged child in childcare. She is an essential worker and has had to take a leave of absence from her job without pay and benefits, to be at home with her school-aged child. 
She decided to pull her preschool child out of daycare in order to save some much-needed money, since she is already at home with her other child. However, she was informed by her daycare that, in order to maintain the spot for her preschool child, she would have to continue to pay fees even though they are not attending. 
The province is covering fees for parents that have school-aged children in before- and after-school care, but won’t do the same for pre-school aged children, meaning families like this one run the risk of losing their childcare spots. 
The pandemic has financially strained all Manitobans. The NDP caucus will continue to push this government to give small business and young families the supports they need in a timely fashion.  
As always, please feel free to reach out to my office either by calling 204-594-2025 or emailing nello.altomare@yourmanitoba.ca

As we navigate the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Manitoba, Transcona families are having difficulty accessing supports and maintaining their childcare spots. I have heard from many constituents about this issue and I want to highlight a couple stories in particular.

One Transcona small business owner rents space in a strip mall and has managed to keep their business open throughout the pandemic. They managed to survive the second wave because it hit during a busy time for their business. As a result, they chose to opt out of small business supports offered by the province.  

Now, however, during the third wave and with their child’s school moving to remote learning, they are facing additional challenges. They now have to manage both keeping their business open and helping their school-age child at home who requires support during remote learning. 

 They were able to stay afloat without a bridge grant from the province through the winter, but now, when they need help, the Progressive Conservative government won’t give them one because they didn’t apply for previous rounds.  As you can imagine, this is causing added stress during an already difficult time.

Another constituent is struggling with the discrepancies between pre-school and school-aged child-care supports. She has a school-aged child at home doing remote learning but also a preschool-aged child in childcare. She is an essential worker and has had to take a leave of absence from her job without pay and benefits, to be at home with her school-aged child. 

She decided to pull her preschool child out of daycare in order to save some much-needed money, since she is already at home with her other child. However, she was informed by her daycare that, in order to maintain the spot for her preschool child, she would have to continue to pay fees even though they are not attending. 

The province is covering fees for parents that have school-aged children in before- and after-school care, but won’t do the same for pre-school aged children, meaning families like this one run the risk of losing their childcare spots. 

The pandemic has financially strained all Manitobans. The NDP caucus will continue to push this government to give small business and young families the supports they need in a timely fashion.  

As always, please feel free to reach out to my office either by calling 204-594-2025 or emailing nello.altomare@yourmanitoba.ca

Nello Altomare

Nello Altomare
Transcona constituency report

Nello Altomare is the NDP MLA for Transcona.

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