Alberta moves closer to $10/day licensed child care

Alberta moves closer to $10/day licensed child care

Alberta has reached an average fee of $15-a-day for licensed child care as of January 1, 2024, says Employment and Social Development Canada. The reduction in fees means that some Alberta families could now save up to $13,700 annually per child in regulated child care compared to what they paid prior to the introduction of the Canada-wide system of early-learning and child care. Unlike other provinces, the Alberta government is relying heavily on parent fee subsidies to make child care more affordable instead of significantly improving operational funding for licensed programs.

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…

Get ready for November 30th, the Day of Action for ELCC

Get ready for November 30th, the Day of Action for ELCC

Families across Canada are crying out for access to early learning and child care (ELCC). The federal government’s historic child care initiative has brought down parent fees for licensed child care for children under 6, however, there are only enough licensed spaces for a fraction of those who need it. The federal, provincial and territorial…

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…

Survey shows parent fees greatly reduced in 2023

Survey shows parent fees greatly reduced in 2023

The latest annual survey of child care parent fees shows significant fee reductions in all Canada’s major cities. Cities in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nunavut are down to $10 a day.  In most cities, parent fees remain highest for infant programs. Despite significant federally-funded fee reductions since 2019, the median infant fee in…

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…

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…

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