Ontario on Monday signed a national child care agreement with the federal government to provide $10-a-day child care in every province and territory by 2026, making it the last jurisdiction to do it.
Here is an overview of the agreements signed across the country:
Last year, the province reached an agreement that says Ottawa will work with British Columbia to reach an average of $10 a day of child care in regulated spaces for children under six by 2027. The agreement aims to create 30,000 new spaces in British Columbia over a period of five years. one-year period, with fees for regulated spaces cut in half by the end of 2022. British Columbia was the first province to sign on to the Liberal offer presented in the 2021 budget. After being elected in 2017, the NDP government of British Columbia launched a pilot $10-a-day child care program and pledged during the 2020 election campaign to expand the program province-wide .
The territory’s childcare deal includes the creation of 110 new regulated learning and childcare spaces over a five-year period, which builds on its plan for parents to pay an average of $10 per day in fee fee for full-time regulated places for children under six years of age. The agreement also helps fund the implementation of the Yukon wage grid, which provides a minimum wage of nearly $30 per hour for qualified early childhood educators. Federal funding will be used to create regulated spaces among nonprofit, public and family service providers. The federal government will provide nearly $42 million over five years for child care services.
The Northwest Territories signed a $51 million deal with Ottawa in December 2021 that will immediately halve the cost of child care and eventually see the price drop to $10 a day in five years. The agreement will also make it possible to create 300 new daycare spaces on the territory by 2026.
Alberta signed an agreement in November with federal funding of $3.8 billion over five years. Child care fees are to be halved by the end of this year and reduced to an average of $10 a day by 2026. The deal makes all types of licensed child care eligible until the end of the year. maternal. It also needs to create 42,500 new regulated early learning and care places by the end of March 2026.
Nunavut was the last territory and second-to-last jurisdiction in Canada to sign the agreement. The territory announced the $66 million deal virtually in January, which will see child care fees cut in half by the end of 2022 and reach $10 a day by 2024. Nunavut Premier PJ Akeeagok, said 238 new child care spaces will be created by 2026. The territory has a longstanding child care shortage and most of the territory’s 25 communities lack licensed facilities, instead relying on Home Care. To increase the number of spaces, the Nunavut government has said it hopes to create new child care spaces in empty schools and buildings.
Saskatchewan signed an agreement with Ottawa in August last year to reduce the cost of child care for children under six to $10 a day by 2025-26. However, fees for parents will be cut in half by the end of 2022. This is being done through grants, retroactive to July 2021, saving parents up to $400 per month. The agreement will also create 28,000 new provincially regulated spaces.
The province reached an agreement in August with the federal government pledging $1.2 billion over five years for $10-a-day child care for families by 2023. The funds are to also be used to create 23,000 early learning and childcare places for children. six years and under. It also sets a minimum wage of $25 per hour for Certified Level Two Early Childhood Educators.
Ontario’s $10.2 billion deal will cut child care costs in the province in half by the end of the year. In the short term, parents of children aged five and under in licensed child care centers will start getting rebates in May, retroactive to April 1, for a fee reduction of up to 25%. Further cuts are scheduled for September 2024 to bring Ontario to an average of $10 a day by September 2025. The agreement also calls for Ontario to create 86,000 child care spaces, although that number includes more than 15,000 spaces already created since 2019. Ontario also secured a commitment of $2.9 billion for the sixth year of the agreement.
Quebec reached an agreement with the federal government last summer that will allow the province to opt out of national child care services, but will receive its share of program funding. Ottawa agreed to transfer $6 billion to the province over five years and placed no conditions on the money, which could be used as it sees fit by the Quebec government. Quebec Premier Francois Legault said the province invests about $2.7 billion a year in its child care program, which costs parents $8.50 per day per child. The provincial government estimates that another 37,000 subsidized spaces are needed in the system. Legault said the deal with Ottawa includes an agreement that the federal government will continue to transfer money for child care after 2026.
New Brunswick announced in December that it had signed a child care deal with Ottawa that will give it $491 million to create 5,700 new spaces at an average cost to parents of $10 a day by 2026 and increase the salaries of daycare educators. Premier Blaine Higgs said the deal will provide families with annual savings of $3,000 on average. Under the agreement, early childhood educator wages would increase over five years to $23.47 an hour.
Nova Scotia signed an agreement with Ottawa shortly before the provincial election last summer. The $605 million agreement aims to create a total of 9,500 new regulated early learning and child care spaces by the 2025-2026 fiscal year. The province said it will contribute $40 million to the five-year deal in addition to its current spending on child care programs. In February, Nova Scotia child care providers were offered funding to help offset a 25% reduction in fees due to the agreement. Becky Druhan, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, said the money included $35 million from the previously announced $605 million federal agreement and a new $1 million grant from Province.
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island signed a deal with Ottawa last July that will see it receive $120 million for $10-a-day child care spaces by the end of 2024. The deal will also halve average child care costs by the end of 2024. by the end of 2022 for children under the age of six and create more than 450 new spaces across the province within two years. Premier Dennis King said he recognizes there won’t be enough spaces for all of the province’s children, but he said other plans to create more spaces would be announced at a later date.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador signed an agreement with Ottawa last July for $347 million over five years to create about 6,000 new child care spaces. Under the agreement, the province will see a reduction in average parental fees for children under six in regulated child care to $15 a day, from $25 a day in 2022, and to $10 a day in 2023. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also announced the deal was done. with “a new year-round pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds” to begin rolling out in 2023.