Campus Childcare at Acadia Petition
Acadia University is one of few post-secondary institutions in Atlantic Canada that does not provide on-site childcare to students, faculty, staff, and community members. With growing numbers of student parents enrolling in post-secondary institutions (11-16% in Canada), as well as the ongoing recruitment of child-rearing aged faculty, the lack of childcare at Acadia is a growing concern. It presents equity issues especially for female student parents and faculty/staff who still perform the majority of childcare responsibilities. In addition, the Annapolis Valley is known as a “childcare desert” with inadequate childcare available to meet current demands, so outside sources of care are not a viable option for students, faculty, and staff. Any unused childcare spots would be easily filled by community members in need of childcare. Many smaller campuses (such as all 13 NSCC campuses) successfully run campus childcare centres on a cost-recovery model. Many of these centres are run by entities separate from their home institutions and so require minimal resources from the institutions outside of space to operate. In a competitive education market, Acadia stands to lose many prospective students as well as talent to institutions that do support their role as parents. For additonal information please contact 078214f@acadiau.ca

We, the undersigned, demand that Acadia take the necessary steps to implement campus childcare as soon as possible.

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