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…

Ministers responsible for child care urged to make workforce crisis their first priority

The critical shortage of qualified early learning and child care educators across Canada is a major obstacle to fulfilling the Government of Canada’s promise to build a high quality $10 a day child care system that all young children can access, says Child Care Now, Canada’s national child care advocacy association. In an open letter to the federal,…

Child Care fees on track to drop substantially in most big cities, but not all are projected to meet targets: new report

Child care fees in Canadian cities are on track to drop significantly, but some provincial child care action plans fall short of meeting the federal government’s target to bring down fees by an average of 50 per cent, says a new fee study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). 

Ottawa park named after Early Childhood Educator, Cindy Mitchell

Ottawa park named after Early Childhood Educator, Cindy Mitchell

Ottawa City Council has approved the renaming of Sir Wilfred Laurier Park to Cindy Mitchell Park on April 13, 2022. This renaming is in recognition of Cindy Mitchell’s extensive service to the community. Mitchell was an Early Childhood Educator, working at Bettye Hyde Nursery for 27 years, where she retired in 2020. Mitchell is known…

What governments in Canada are doing and not doing to protect staff and children in child care centres

What governments in Canada are doing and not doing to protect staff and children in child care centres

Country-wide, many ECEs and child care workers have been forced to work in unsafe conditions. Even with the release of the COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses, children under five years of age cannot be vaccinated, leaving ECEs and child care workers working in classrooms that are entirely unvaccinated. In many classrooms, particularly where infants and…

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…

Press Release: Child Care Now Nova Scotia is extremely pleased for families

KJIPUKTUK/HALIFAX— Child Care Now Nova Scotia is extremely pleased that parent fees will be reduced more quickly than previously announced. This morning the federal and provincial governments announced that average fees for licensed programs will be reduced by 25 per cent on April 1, 2022 to January 1, 2022, and by a further 25 per cent, on average,…

Canada’s child care advocates applaud Karina Gould’s appointment as Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and welcome shift in responsibility for housing

Canada’s child care advocates applaud Karina Gould’s appointment as Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and welcome shift in responsibility for housing

Child Care Now, Canada’s national child care advocacy organization, applauds the Prime Minister’s decision to appoint the Honourable Karina Gould as Minister for Families, Children and Social Development and to make early learning and child care the Minister’s key responsibility. “Transferring responsibility for housing from the Minister for Families, Children and Social Development to the…

Ontario child care advocates tell Ford government to show their appreciation of child care workers and educators

Ontario child care advocates tell Ford government to show their appreciation of child care workers and educators

Ontario child care advocates celebrated the province’s 21st annual Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day on October 21, 2021. As the pandemic continues, those working in child care continue to carry out their essential work despite the risks and deplorable wages in the sector. This year, child care advocates used the day…

Quebec child care centre employees demand decent pay 

Quebec’s government-subsidized not-for-profit child care centres (known as “centres de la petite enfance”, or CPEs) were closed down for four days after Thanksgiving when employees took strike action in support of their demands for fair wages. Their union called on the Quebec government to use some of the federal government’s $6 billion child care funding…

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