Many developed nations are looking for ways to encourage families to have more kids, even as their fertility rates plunge.
Here in Canada (like in Scandinavia) we have extensive social support for families and new parents. In the ROC (rest of Canada) the plan is administered by the federal government, and is pretty generous. 1 year of leave on 55% salary (some of this time can be shared by dads). Recently, the feds have been sending families with kids under 6 $100 a month per kid to help with childcare. Here in Quebec, we have it extra nice. 1 year leave on 65% salary (some can be shared as well), up to 5 weeks paid PATERNITY leave and $7/day daycare (if you can get a spot). We get the money from the feds as well.
Now, we continue to be taxed up the wazoo, but most Canadians don't mind, as long as they feel that they are getting their money's worth.
Statistics indicate that countries that support working families do indeed have higher birthrates. In fact, here in Quebec, we do seem to be in the midst of a minor baby boom.
Population - Birthrates - The Motherhood Experiment - Idea Lab - Sharon Lerner - New York Times
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