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…

Child care advocates assess success of $10aDay program to date and what’s next 

Child care advocates assess success of $10aDay program to date and what’s next 

On February 12th 2024, early learning and child care advocates from across Canada joined three webinars organized by Child Care Now to discuss how we can advance our collective goal of making affordable licensed child care available to all families, and inclusive of all children. Child Care Now Executive Director Morna Ballantyne gave an overview…

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…

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…

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.

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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