Alternative Federal Budget

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has proposed an alternative federal budget for 2022 entitled Mission Critical that sets out a comprehensive program to bring about a just and equitable recovery. The proposed budget says building a publicly funded and publicly managed Canada-wide system of early learning and child care is urgent and critical. The…

Ontario Municipalities are Calling for a Child Care Agreement Now

The child care crisis in Ontario has reached new heights— wait lists that span years, fees that cost more than mortgage payments, and poor compensation for early childhood educators and other staff has fueled a labour shortage in the sector made much worse by the pandemic. Yet, the Ontario Ford government continues to delay the…

Child Care advocates welcome Canada-Alberta child care agreement and call on Ontario and New Brunswick governments to join effort to build Canada-wide system of early learning and child care

Canada’s national child care advocacy association says the Canada-Alberta child care agreement could more than double the existing supply of regulated not-for-profit child care spaces for the province’s youngest children over the next five years, in addition to cutting parent fees by 50% in the next year and bringing them down to $10 a day by 2026. “The addition…

Child care advocates forge a path forward for child care in Saskatchewan

Child care advocates forge a path forward for child care in Saskatchewan

Major child care organizations in Saskatchewan have released a policy Roadmap for achieving a universal, equitable and accessible system of early learning and child care (ELCC) in the province. The Canadian Child Care Federation and its Saskatchewan Leaders’ Caucus, Child Care Now and its Saskatchewan Chapter, the Saskatchewan Early Childhood Association (SECA) and the Muttart…

Quebec government tables legislation to expand and improve the province’s child care system

The Quebec government is overhauling its Educational Child Care Act, expanding the government’s responsibility for ensuring universal access to affordable and quality programs, and expanding the network of child care services. Bill 1, introduced on October 21, 2021, will help it make good on the governing CAQ’s promise to create 37,000 additional child care spaces…

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…

Child Care Now’s Alberta chapter succeeds in making child care a municipal issue

When Canadians voted in a Liberal minority federal government on September 21, 2021, child care advocates across the country breathed a sigh of relief that the eight previously signed Early Learning and Child Care funding agreements will be honoured and that federal funds budgeted in 2021 to build a Canada-wide system of child care will…

Child Care Now Nova Scotia congratulates the Nova Scotia government on its first steps

Halifax, NS — Nova Scotia’s child care advocacy organization says it is pleased the Nova Scotia government is moving forward with expansion of the not-for-profit child care sector.  ‘Child Care Now Nova Scotia is watching these next steps closely because our major priority is to ensure that affordable high quality child care becomes much more…

New Brunswick’s Pay Equity Coalition puts spotlight on Child Care

New Brunswick’s Pay Equity Coalition puts spotlight on Child Care

The future of child care was the subject of the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity’s first webinar in a new bilingual series on the Future of Work.  Erika Cantu spoke about her struggle as a newcomer to the province to find affordable or bilingual care for her two young children.  Josée Nadeau, Director of…

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