Child care use during and after the pandemic

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Child care use during and after the pandemic

We asked Canadians what it is like to be a parent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some of the participants’ responses:

9% of participants reported using child care during the pandemic


Percentage of parents who reported using child care during the pandemic, by province
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This table displays the results of Percentage of parents who reported using child care during the pandemic percent (appearing as column headers).
percent
Newfoundland and Labrador 11
Nova Scotia 5
Prince Edward Island 17
New Brunswick 15
Quebec 5
Ontario 5
Manitoba 16
Saskatchewan 20
Alberta 16
British Columbia 13
Yukon 13
Northwest Territories 30
Nunavut xPercentage of Note 1

Among parents who were using child care during the pandemic
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This table displays the results of Among parents who were using child care during the pandemic percent (appearing as column headers).
percent
Had the same arrangement and the same fees 35
Had the same arrangement but different fees 9
Had different arrangements and different fees 46
Had different arrangements but the same fees 11

Among parents who were not using child care during the pandemic
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This table displays the results of Among parents who were not using child care during the pandemic percent (appearing as column headers).
percent
Did not pay fees and child did not attend 53
Paid fees to hold a space but child did not attend 6
Did not use child care prior to COVID-19 42

When child care services reopen, will your child or children attend?
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This table displays the results of When child care services reopen percent (appearing as column headers).
percent
Yes 34
No 27
My child or children never stopped attending child care 2
I did not use child care services prior to COVID-19 37

When child care services reopen, why will your child or children not attend?
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This table displays the results of When child care services reopen percent (appearing as column headers).
percent
I am concerned about the health of my child or another member of the household 49
I can no longer afford child care services 6
My family members or friends will take care of my child or children 13
I will no longer need child care services 32

For more information, please check out the article "Child care use during and after the COVID-19 pandemic."

Source: Statistics Canada, Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadians: Parenting During the Pandemic, June 2020.

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