Canada on record stating that, “The Government of Canada

has a global reputation of being a country that takes pride in its ability to
provide equal opportunities and inclusivity for citizens of all age. Currently,
the Liberal Party of Canada holds the majority of the seats in the House of
Commons, and their platform promises to give all citizens a chance at achieving
personal and financial success (Trudeau, n.d.). One method to improve the
social and economic conditions of citizens is to ensure equal access to Early
Childhood Education (ECE). The current Canadian government supports this
viewpoint, and on November 20th, 2017, Justin Trudeau went on record stating
that, “The Government of Canada is committed to making sure our children have
the best possible start in life” (Statement by the Prime Minister on National
Child Day, 2017). Although many steps are being taken to ensure this progress, preschool programs are very expensive and
in 2017 only 58% of children in Canada between the ages of two and four were
able to attend an education program (Evans, 2017). Moving forward, it is
essential to ensure that preschool programs are informative and equally
accessible to all families and children regardless of their socio-economic
status. Greater investments in ECE for children from low-income families will
provide both social and economic benefits for Canada, by reducing income and
gender inequality and thereby increasing the development of a more skilled and
diverse workforce. This paper will explore how ECE programs reduce income
inequality by helping children develop specific cognitive skills which are
critical for future financial stability. It will then move forward to discuss
how ECE programs reduce gender inequality by providing support that many women
need to enter the labour market. Lastly, the major barriers of investing into
ECE programs for low-income families will be identified, and preventative
measures that can be taken to ensure their social and economic success will be