Government of Canada supports innovative practices in early learning and child care

News release

June 28, 2018              Gatineau, Quebec             Employment and Social Development Canada

Every child deserves to get the best start in life and a real and fair chance to succeed. The Government of Canada is making significant investments in early learning and child care so that each and every child can reach their full potential.

Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, launched a call for concepts to find new and innovative ways to improve early learning and child care service delivery.

As early learning and child care is evolving in increasingly complex and challenging environments, innovative practices will help develop solutions that better meet the needs of children and families and improve the quality of early learning and child care.

Through this call for concepts, the most promising concepts will be selected and successful organizations will be invited, in fall 2018, to develop a full project proposal. Not-for-profit organizations, provincial/territorial entities and Indigenous organizations whose mandate focuses on early learning and child care, or that have partners whose mandate focuses on early learning and child care, are encouraged to apply.

This announcement is another step to help ensure that Canadian children get the best start in life and is supported by long-term Government of Canada investments announced in Budgets 2016 and 2017, totalling $7.5 billion over 11 years. Of this amount, $100 million will be dedicated towards early learning and child care innovation.


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We are committed to ensuring that all children have a real and fair chance to succeed. Early learning and child care is experiencing a time of rapid growth. We must foster innovation and create an environment that encourages ongoing improvement to meet the diverse needs of Canadian children from all horizons, particularly those who are most vulnerable.”
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Quick facts

  • With this investment, the Government of Canada is aiming to improve early learning and child care services for all Canadian families and their children by: developing innovative approaches to early learning and child care that improve children’s and families’ life outcomes; sharing with key players best practices to enable their replication; and getting a better understanding of the changing nature of the early learning and child care sector.

  • Of the $100 million dedicated towards early learning and child care innovation, this call for concepts includes an investment of $10 million over two years in 2018–19 and 2019–20.

  • Submissions must be sent as attachments to NC-DGOP-POB-ELCC-AGJE-GD@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca or can be mailed. The deadline for applications is July 20, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. 

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Michael Brewster
A/Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
819-654-5546

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