(KENORA) June 13, 2017 – The Honourable Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for the Kenora riding, today issued the following statement regarding the Federal-Provincial-Territorial agreement for an early learning and child care framework that will improve the lives of Canadian children and their families.
“I am overwhelmingly encouraged to see the federal government stepping up and paving the way for every child to have access to quality early learning and child care. This historic agreement will help give more Canadian children the best possible start in life and provide more support to families who need it the most.
“Our government is committing $7.5 billion over the next 11 years. In the next few months, we will be working with each province and territory to enter into a three-year bilateral funding agreement. This new investment will create up to 40,000 new affordable child care spaces.
“Not only does this announcement improve the quality of our children’s lives, it will offer opportunities for parents as well. Combined with a more generous Canada Child Benefit, early learning and childcare will provide parents with the ability to fully participate in the labour force and, in turn, help grow Canada’s economy.
“This historic agreement shows the government’s commitment to providing youth with the best possible circumstances to succeed in life, while enabling parents with the supports they need to help their children and themselves reach their full potential.”
- 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 increase the number of affordable child care spaces for low- and modest-income families by supporting new subsidized child care spaces; and
- 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.
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