On June 12, 2017, Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Early Learning and Child Care agreed to a Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework. The new Framework sets the foundation for governments to work towards a shared long-term vision where all children across Canada can experience the enriching environment of quality early learning and child care. The guiding principles of the Framework are to increase quality, accessibility, affordability, flexibility and inclusivity in early learning and child care, with consideration for families that need child care the most.

The Government of Canada will provide provinces and territories with $1.2 billion over three years to support early learning and child care programs consistent with the Framework. The Early Learning and Child Care Bilateral Agreements will outline the unique early learning and child care needs that will be addressed and the funding allocation for each jurisdiction.

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