Every child deserves access to quality early learning and child care. Today, our government is taking historic action to better support Canadian families by signing the multilateral agreement on child care with provinces and territories.
Learn more about the agreement here.
- Budget 2016 and 2017 proposed to invest $7.5 billion over 11 years, starting in 2017-2018, to support and create more high-quality, affordable child care across the country, particularly for families most in need. Over the next three years, these investments could:
o increase the number of affordable child care spaces for low- and modest-income families by supporting new subsidized child care spaces; and
o make it more affordable for parents to return to work, with thousands of parents more likely to enter the labour force once child care is made more affordable.
- A portion of this investment will be dedicated to improving access to culturally appropriate early learning and child care programs for all Indigenous.
- These investments include $100 million for Indigenous early learning and child care announced in Budget 2016.
- Of this investment, $95 million will also go towards closing data gaps to better understand what child care looks like in Canada and track progress and $100 million for early learning and child care innovation.
- Only one in four children in Canada has access to regulated child care.
- Intervening early to promote child development from the prenatal period to age six can have long-term benefits that can extend throughout children’s lives.
- Research shows that there are positive relationships between quality early learning and child care, parental labour market participation and child development outcomes. This is particularly true for vulnerable children.