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A Proposal for Restructuring the Universal Child Care Benefit

Commentary by Richard Zuker

In this brief paper, Richard Zuker proposes restructuring the Conservative Party’s Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB). Zuker’s proposal is intended to address some criticisms of the program. According to the author, the UCCB has been criticized at the policy framework and design levels. Critics of the federal government’s proposal argue that money should be allocated to fund daycare spaces rather than giving cash to parents. The author suggests, however, that regulated daycare is not the only acceptable option, and that parents have the right to make a choice. Zuker also addresses the design flaw criticisms, including the after-tax benefits and the elimination of the young child supplement. He concludes with six recommendations to improve the Universal Child Care Benefit.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Richard Zuker;
Publisher: Caledon Institute of Social Policy [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2006; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: National;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Children & Family / Daycare & Childcare
Policy Articles / Fiscal & Budgetary / Tax Policy
Policy Articles / Children & Family
Policy Articles / Fiscal & Budgetary
Policy Articles / Children & Family / Daycare & Childcare / 2006
Policy Articles / Fiscal & Budgetary / Tax Policy / 2006


Keywords / Tags:

Conservative Party; Universal Child Care Benefit; policy framework criticism; cash-to-parents; regulated daycare; after-tax benefits; fund daycare spaces; young child supplement;