Stop Daycare Cuts in Waterloo Region! Stand up for Graduate Students and their families sign now

The Region of Waterloo is slashing necessary social services and many students with children are unable to return to school.
Graduate Students are a vital part of the university community and an integral part of the Region of Waterloo's economy. However, graduate students with families are now being forced out of their programs by the lack of affordable daycare. The Region of Waterloo has implemented a wait list for daycare aid for the first time in 14 years. Many families in the region are unable to return to work or school as they cannot find affordable care for their children. Moreover, the region placed Graduate Students as the last priority to receive financial aid for daycare. Women with children are now unable to pursue or complete their degrees after the region slashed spaces and moved graduate students to the bottom of a long list. With more than thirty-three percent of graduate students at the University of Waterloo having children, this demographic will be--and has been--greatly affected by this policy change. With costs of full-time licensed daycare soaring to between $800 and $1200 per month depending on the age of the child requiring care and TA rates paying approximately $1000.00 per month, the feasibility of paying for daycare is untenable. As it stands, graduate students are left the utterly dissatisfying option of leaving their programs unless this policy is amended or other options and solutions become available.

I request the region of Waterloo reassess the wait list priority system and better allocate funding for daycare. I support Graduate Students and want to invest in daycare instead of slashing funding for a necessary service. Investing in Graduate Students is investing in the future vitality of the region.

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