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.

Government of Nova Scotia and Canada agree on three-year child care action plan

Government of Nova Scotia and Canada agree on three-year child care action plan

The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia have released a new Action Plan to continue implementation of the Canada-Nova Scotia Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement in the province.  Nova Scotia is the second province/territory to reach agreement with the Government of Canada and publish Action Plans for the 2023-2026 period. Agreements are required…

NL’s Operating Grant Program (OGP): the sector is ready for change

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has just released a report from Deloitte on the Operating Grant Program (OGP) that funds licensed child care centres and family home child care providers in the province.  The review found that the OGP does not reflect the real costs of operating high quality ELCC and the report makes a…

Briefing Note: Key findings and learnings from Newfoundland and Labrador’s Operating Grant Program (OGP) Review

What is the OGP? The Operating Grant Program (OGP) was introduced in 2014 and, since its commencement, both non-profit and for-profit providers have been eligible.  The OGP has grown significantly over the past decade, both in terms of the number of services accessing the grants and the amount of funding distributed to services. Since 2019…

Child Care Now applauds Nova Scotia government’s pension and benefits announcement 

Child Care Now applauds Nova Scotia government’s pension and benefits announcement 

On December 19, 2023, the Nova Scotia government announced that it will be taking immediate steps to provide defined pension plan coverage for employees who work in licensed early learning and child care programs. Employees will also be entitled to health, life, long term disability and dental benefits through the Health Association of Nova Scotia (HANS) and they will be available to all employees, whether working full or part time.

Child Care Now Nova Scotia commends the government for listening and responding to the demands of child care advocates, and taking this very large initiative to support the child care workforce.

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.

BC advocates welcome wage support, continue to call for publicly funded wage grid

BC advocates welcome wage support, continue to call for publicly funded wage grid

Child Care Now joins the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC (CCCABC) in welcoming the announcement of an additional $2/hour in publicly funded wage enhancements for early childhood educators in British Columbia and an additional $2,000 annual top-up for educators with infant/ toddler or special needs certification.  The new government funding, which brings the…

OCBCC and AECEO release position paper & policy brief on a publicly-funded salary scale

OCBCC and AECEO release position paper & policy brief on a publicly-funded salary scale

The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) and Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) have jointly released a position paper and policy brief highlighting the child care workforce shortage and how a publicly funded salary scale can support the successful implementation of the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) plan.  The position…

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