Toward $10-a-Day: Early Learning and Child Care
All families in Canada should have access to high-quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive early learning and child care no matter where they live. That is why we are building a Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care system with provinces, territories and Indigenous partners.
The Government of Canada is working with provinces and territories to make meaningful progress towards a Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care system that works for families.
The Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care system will provide families with access to high-quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive early learning and child care no matter where they live.
In less than a year, the Government of Canada reached Canada-Wide early learning and child care agreements with all 13 provinces and territories, including an asymmetrical agreement with the Government of Quebec.
Access to care
Through the 2017 to 2020 Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care agreements, the Government of Canada achieved its previous target of creating up to 40,000 more affordable child care spaces across the country.
Through the Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care agreements, the Government of Canada aims to create 250,000 new child care spaces across the country by March 2026 to give families more affordable child care options for their children.
Inclusivity will ensure every child, including children with disabilities, Indigenous children, and official language minorities, have access to affordable, high quality child care.
Our aim is to work to build a child care system that is community-based, designed from the start as inclusive. The goal is to give every Canadian child the best possible start in life.
Nearly half of Canada’s provinces and territories have either announced child care fee reductions or have already achieved an average cost of $10-a-day or lower for licensed child care.
Benefits for Families across Canada
Access to high-quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive early learning and child care is important for the future of children. Accessible child care also promotes greater gender equality by allowing more parents, particularly mothers, to participate in the workforce and achieve greater economic security. It also improves and grows the female-dominated early childhood educator workforce.
Affordable, high-quality child care will:
- grow our economy
- allow more women to enter the workforce; and
- help give every child in Canada the best start in life
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