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CP24: Child care cost less in 2023, but more parents say spots are hard to find: StatCan

December 6, 2023 — 

Susan Prentice, a sociology professor at the University of Manitoba who specializes in historical and contemporary child-care policy, said it’s not surprising that parents are having more difficulty finding child care as prices have dropped.

“When you make a formerly exorbitantly expensive service affordable, more people will try to use it. Economists call this induced demand,” Prentice said in an interview.

“Some families are lucky and they’re getting into these $10-a-day spaces but many more families are shut out because we do not have enough services.”

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