Federal Early Learning and Child Care Infrastructure Fund is a good step, more are needed

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was joined by Karina Gould, Minister of Children, Families and Social Development on June 28th 2023 to announce that the $625 million federal  Early Learning and Child Care infrastructure fund promised in the 2022 federal budget will start to flow funds to provinces and provinces to help defray the capital costs…

Nova Scotia’s approach to the child care pension plan raises concerns

The government of Nova Scotia has hired the consulting firm HUB International to develop options for putting in place extended benefits and pensions for the child care sector In a presentation made to the sector on May 11 2023, provincial officials and HUB international representatives described various options for benefits administration and two broad pension…

Parent fees down to $10 a day in three provinces ahead of schedule

Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Newfoundland and Labrador have announced that parents who access licensed child care will pay $10 a day as of this Spring.  “This is welcome news for families who have access to a licensed child care space but unfortunately that’s the case for far too few,” says Morna Ballantyne, Executive Director of Child…

Committee Report on federal early learning and child care legislation presented in House of Commons 

On May 4, 2023 the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) presented to the House of Commons its report on Bill C-35, the federal government’s proposed early learning and child care legislation.  This report includes several amendments to the legislation, informed by the briefs…

New report: Half of Canada’s young children still live in child care deserts due to shortage of licensed spaces

As $10-a-day child care is rolling out across Canada, an insufficient number of spaces relative to demand remains a major challenge. Not Done Yet, a report just published by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives examines the availability of spaces across the country and finds that nearly 48 per cent of younger children in Canada live…

Child Care Now begins new project on child care workforce policy

Child Care Now is pleased to announce our new project “Quality Early Childhood Education through Policy Change”. We are embarking on this journey with community and sector partners including the Child Care Federation of Canada, the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario and our provincial chapters and advocacy affiliates.  As the federal child care system…

Brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities regarding Bill C-35 

We now applaud the introduction of Bill C-35, an Act respecting early learning and child care in
Canada, and urge its adoption. At the same time, we ask your Committee to consider ways in
which the legislation can be strengthened, particularly with respect to:
(a) the principles that the Bill sets out to guide federal spending on early learning and
child care,
(b) the functions of the National Advisory Council on Early Learning and Child Care, and
(c) the reporting obligations of the designated minister.

Federal early learning and child care legislation referred for committee review

The federal government’s proposed early learning and child care legislation, which was introduced last December, passed second reading unanimously on February 1, 2023, and has been referred for review by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA). The federal bill enshrines…

Ontario workforce crisis worsens as provincial government announces more new child care spaces

On December 19, 2022, the Ontario government announced it will support the creation of 53,000 licensed child care spaces by 2026 for children 0-5 years of age, including 16,296 spaces located in schools and 28,672 community centre-based or home-based spaces. The province has allocated $213 million of federal funds to one-time start-up grants to offset…

Nova Scotia’s plan to transform early learning and child care in the province

Nova Scotia’s child care operators have received a briefing on the provincial government’s proposed approach to building a publicly funded system of early learning and child care so that high quality licensed programs can, over time, be made universally accessible, available, and affordable for all who want them. What follows is a summary of the…

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