Government of Canada on track to deliver on the creation of up to 40,000 more affordable child care spaces
“Every child from coast to coast to coast deserves access to quality early learning and child care. Our investments in early learning and child care help Canadian children get the best start in life and have a fair chance to succeed.”
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
The Government of Canada entered into bilateral agreements with all provinces and territories to provide them with $1.2 billion over three years for early learning and child care programs, starting in 2017–18.
Since early learning and child care needs vary across the country, provincial and territorial governments are prioritizing programs and services that meet their particular local and regional needs.
To better support Canadian families, especially those in need, Budgets 2016 and 2017 announced an investment of $7.5 billion over 11 years, starting in 2017–18, to support and create more high-quality, affordable child care across the country. Of this investment:
- up to $1.7 billion over 10 years, starting in 2018–19, will support the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework, and will strengthen early learning and child care programs and services for Indigenous children and families;
- $95 million will go towards closing data gaps to better understand child care challenges and needs and track progress; and
- $100 million will go towards early learning and child care innovation.
Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
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Employment and Social Development Canada
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