Families' Financial Pressure of Teacher Strikes
As parents try to cope teacher walkouts across the province, there could be a major financial strain on some families.
While elementary teachers are staging one-day strikes right now, there is uncertainty on if there will be longer ones in the future.
With the average hourly wage in Ontario at around 25 dollars for adults, a parent could lose $200 a day if they wanted to stay home to look after their kids and don't have paid vacation. If they turn to daycare, they're looking at spending between $20-40 each day, if they can get in.
Both the Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care and the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care stress the system is already strained, with wait-lists for both daytime and after-school programs.
That means parents could be sent scrambling if strikes begin to last longer than a day and may have to tighten their budgets no matter which path they take.
The Elementary Teacher's Federation of Ontario is giving parents 72-hours notice for their rotating one-day strikes and both organizations say that would make it tough to find somewhere for their kids for a short time.