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…

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…

Government of Manitoba and Canada agree on three-year child care action plans

Government of Manitoba and Canada agree on three-year child care action plans

The governments of Canada and Manitoba have released new Action Plans to continue implementation of the Canada-Manitoba Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement and the Canada-Manitoba bilateral agreement. Manitoba is the first province/territory to reach agreement with the Government of Canada on the content of the Action Plans for the 2023-2026 period. Agreements are…

More federal funding needed to make $10 a day child care a reality for all

More federal funding needed to make $10 a day child care a reality for all

Child Care Now is calling for increased federal spending on the early childhood education workforce, and for much bigger federal investments in the construction of more not-for-profit and public early learning and child care facilities. In a recent submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, Child Care Now has recommended that the…

Prince Edward Island proposes regulatory changes to ECE titles and centre capacity

Prince Edward Island proposes regulatory changes to ECE titles and centre capacity

The government of Prince Edward Island has released its proposed changes to the province’s Early Learning and Child Care Act, including changes to ECE certification titles and an increase in capacities of licensed centres. The consultation process for these changes ended July 19th 2023 and included public consultation sessions and written feedback with the Early…

Child Care Now responds to outcome of the meeting of ministers responsible for early learning and child care

Child Care Now responds to outcome of the meeting of ministers responsible for early learning and child care

Workforce strategy must include action on wages and working conditions Child Care Now congratulates the federal, provincial and territorial ministers most responsible for early learning and child care for agreeing to develop a multilateral child care workforce strategy when they met July 12, 2023 in Iqaluit to discuss and share their priorities for early learning and child…

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…

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…

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