Historic Victory for Families: Canada’s first early learning and child care legislation adopted by House of Commons

Historic Victory for Families: Canada’s first early learning and child care legislation adopted by House of Commons

Bill C-35, an Act respecting early learning and child care in Canada, as amended by the Senate of Canada, was adopted unanimously on February 29, 2024 by the House of Commons. This landmark legislation affirms in law the Government of Canada’s commitment to build a primarily not-for-profit and public system of early learning and child care that provides accessible, inclusive and  low-fee child care services for all in Canada. The passage of the legislation is a significant victory for child care advocates who have been calling for a federal child care law as recommended more than 50 years ago by the Royal Commission on the Status of Women.

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…

Black History Month

February marks Black History Month, a significant time for the child care advocacy community to engage in learning, unlearning, and critically examining how our actions contribute to systems that perpetuate racism in Canada. While this month is an important time for reflection, action and celebration; practicing anti-racism and unlearning prejudice is not limited to the…

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…

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