Quebec’s experiment: universal child care. What results, what alternatives?

The VSE and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) are pleased to host a free lecture by Dr. Pierre Fortin entitled “Quebec’s experiment with universal low-fee child care – what results, what alternatives?”

Between 1997 and 2000, the province of Quebec initiated a comprehensive reform of child care, seeking to provide universal coverage for all children from ages 0 to 5 at a low fixed fee all year round. The talk will summarize the effects of this reform, and then discuss a number of related policy alternatives.

Following Professor Fortin’s talk, CCPA-BC Senior Economist Iglika Ivanova will discuss how BC can afford to implement a $10-a-day child care plan, and will moderate a Q&A.

Pierre Fortin is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Quebec at Montreal (ESG UQAM), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a long-time researcher, director and advisor at the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research, a member of the National Statistics Council, and a past president of the Canadian Economics Association.

Admission is free. Please register at:

For more info: contact Leo Yu, CCPA: 604-801-5121 x 225;

Gideon Rosenbluth Memorial Lecture Series

Gideon Rosenbluth was a long-time research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and a highly respected member of the UBC economics department, and the economics community in Canada and around the world. His rigorous approach to scholarship and community involvement was guided by his commitment to social justice. Among his many roles, he was president of the Canadian Association of University Teachers and president of the Canadian Economics Association. In honour of Gideon, the CCPA and the Vancouver School of Economics are pleased to host the annual Gideon Rosenbluth Memorial Lecture.