Alberta moves closer to $10/day licensed child care

Alberta moves closer to $10/day licensed child care

Alberta has reached an average fee of $15-a-day for licensed child care as of January 1, 2024, says Employment and Social Development Canada. The reduction in fees means that some Alberta families could now save up to $13,700 annually per child in regulated child care compared to what they paid prior to the introduction of the Canada-wide system of early-learning and child care. Unlike other provinces, the Alberta government is relying heavily on parent fee subsidies to make child care more affordable instead of significantly improving operational funding for licensed programs.

Historic Victory for Families: Canada’s first early learning and child care legislation adopted by House of Commons

Historic Victory for Families: Canada’s first early learning and child care legislation adopted by House of Commons

Bill C-35, an Act respecting early learning and child care in Canada, as amended by the Senate of Canada, was adopted unanimously on February 29, 2024 by the House of Commons. This landmark legislation affirms in law the Government of Canada’s commitment to build a primarily not-for-profit and public system of early learning and child care that provides accessible, inclusive and  low-fee child care services for all in Canada. The passage of the legislation is a significant victory for child care advocates who have been calling for a federal child care law as recommended more than 50 years ago by the Royal Commission on the Status of Women.

On The Importance of High Quality Universal Child Care (Podcast Appearance)

Morna Ballantyne, Executive Director of Child Care Now, recently shared insights on childcare, along with some guidance for childcare activists and advocates, on episode three of BC’s Path to Universal Child Care. The podcast focuses on the journey to universal child care in British Columbia. It is produced by Westcoast Family Centres. This is the…

Statistics Canada reports on access to child care in 2023

In 2021, the federal government committed to spending an additional $27.2 billion over five years to expand access to affordable, accessible and high quality licensed child care for all children in Canada. Combined with further investment from provincial and territory governments, this public expenditure is intended to create 250,000 spaces between 2021 and 2026. One way to track progress toward this target is to monitor the number of spaces created by each province and territory over these years

Ontario advocates continue to call for system change in response to Ford government’s announcement on wage floor increase

Ontario advocates continue to call for system change in response to Ford government’s announcement on wage floor increase

The Ontario government announced that on January 1, 2024 it will increase the wage floor for Registered ECEs to $23.86 an hour – up from a planned increase to $20 an hour.  Child care advocates point out that this wage floor increase does nothing to improve compensation for non-RECE staff and leaves out any RECE who earns above the floor.

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