Quebec needs to do more to address worker shortage, say daycare directors

Quebec needs to do more to address worker shortage, say daycare directors
Isis Dostie, executive director of CPE l’Oiseau d’or in Lennoxville (Photo : MIchael Boriero)

By Michael Boriero

The provincial government has promised to invest $64 million into training and retaining qualified educators in childcare services, combatting a significant worker shortage, but people within the network want to see a deeper, more fundamental change.
The investment, according to Isis Dostie, executive director at the Centre de la Petite Enfance (CPE) l’Oiseau d’or in Lennoxville, is necessary, especially with 51,000 children on daycare waiting lists. The problem, though, is the low wages and stressful environment.
Dostie believes that the government is specifically avoiding the wage issue. It’s a good effort, she told The Record, but early childhood educators have demanded better salaries for years and they have not seen any increase.
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