Quebec daycare
A daycare worker stands with a line of babies and carriages. (Photo credit: Reuters)

A lack of affordable child care during weekends and evenings leaves Jasmine May Dilio, a single parent of two children, with limited job opportunities.

Dilio, who lives in Montreal, has worked in factories and as a cleaner but has had difficulty getting and keeping jobs over the years due to the jobs extending into the evening.

“I always have to say that I can’t go to this job or that job or I can’t take this job or that job because it doesn’t align with the hours for my kids,” said Dilio.

Last year, the Quebec government introduced a $45-million pilot project to subsidize child care during evenings and weekends to make the service more affordable, especially for single parents and the working class.

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Hadassah Alencar is a bilingual journalist based near Montreal. She recently completed the journalism program at Concordia University, where she worked as a teaching assistant and became editor-in-chief...