BURNABY—Just over a year ago, CUPE National president Paul Moist joined MP Olivia Chow and child care activists at Brittania Child Care Centre to call for measures to protect against big box child care corporations.
In particular CUPE flagged concerns that the world’s largest multinational child care corporation, ABC Learning, had bought up over 1,000 American child care centres and appeared to have its sights on Canada.
ABC is closely linked with a corporation called 123 Busy Beavers Learning Centres, which has sought to purchase child care centres across Canada, starting in B.C., Alberta and Ontario.
A report out of CUPE National today documents the collapse of ABC Learning. The report, which documents chaos for parents and children, government bailouts and sketchy financial arrangements of ABC Learning, is just more evidence that privatization is not the answer for child care services.
CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill says that the campaign for quality, affordable and public child care options has never been more important as parents struggle to stay afloat in the current volatile economic climate. “We will continue to fight privatization and to lobby for public child care in B.C.,” says O’Neill.