A court ruled that child care is a real need and not a life style
choice and that the employer must make accommodation for this need as
would be required for disability or religious belief under Canadian
Human Rights law.
Discrimination about child care needs was considered discrimination on
the grounds of "family status".
Though this decision may go to the Supreme Court of Canada and though
there are many valid reasons to oppose this decision, we welcome the
legal recognition of parents' child care obligations and children's
Kids First is considering a Human Rights complaint that will address
the discrimination by government in policies that define "child care"
as non-parental care and policies that define "work" as only waged
For example, tax policy defines "child care" to specifically exclude
parental child care in the Child Care Expense Deduction.
Kids First President, Helen Ward, discusses the ruling on the Roy Green Show
Go to Feb 9 at 11 am and then to minute 33:40.
More in this news article with a link to the judge's ruling.