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Delivering on our promise of high-quality, inclusive, and affordable child care for families

TORONTO, June 28, 2023 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada's early learning and child care plan is already putting money back in the pockets of Canadian families, while helping parents ? particularly mothers ? rejoin the workforce and grow our economy. In almost half of provinces and territories, we have already reached our goal of delivering $10-a-day child care for families ? three years ahead of schedule. In all other provinces and territories, fees have been cut by at least half, and we are on track to achieve $10-a-day child care by 2026.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the establishment of the Early Learning and Child Care Infrastructure Fund to help public and not-for-profit child care providers deliver affordable child care for families by funding the cost of physical infrastructure needed to create more spaces like real estate and building materials. This new Fund will provide an additional $625 million to provinces and territories to create spaces in communities that currently do not have enough of them.

The Fund will support child care spaces for underserved communities, including in rural and remote regions, high-cost and low-income urban neighbourhoods, and communities that face barriers to access, such as racialized groups, Indigenous Peoples, official language minority communities, newcomers, as well as parents, caregivers, and children with disabilities.

As we work towards making $10-a-day child care a reality for families across the country, we have committed to creating an additional 250,000 child care spaces. To achieve that goal, this funding will support the planning, design, construction, and renovation of non-profit child care spaces by provinces and territories. It will also provide the flexibility to invest in physical infrastructure for early learning and child care operators providing care during non-standard hours. 

Across the country, our child care plan is already putting thousands of dollars back in the pockets of hardworking families. It is also growing our economy, with a record percentage of Canadian women currently in the workforce. The Government of Canada will continue to work with the provinces and territories, early learning and child care providers and educators, Indigenous Peoples, and other partners, on the road to making $10-a-day child care a reality right across the country.


"Affordable child care is common sense. It's good for parents and their kids, and it's good for our economy. We have already made great progress, with thousands of child care spaces already created and a record percentage of women participating in the workforce. Confident countries invest in themselves and their future ? and today's announcement allows us to continue to build on this progress and deliver on our promise of $10-a-day child care for Canadian families."
? The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

"We know that for many parents, finding child care spaces can be stressful, and often results in long waitlists. That is why space creation is a key pillar of our child care plan. The Early Learning and Child Care Infrastructure Fund will support child care providers so they can keep offering high-quality, affordable, flexible, and inclusive early learning and child care across the country. We also know that our child care system would not be possible without the incredible early childhood workforce, and we will continue to work with provinces and territories to provide the supports and programs they need to succeed."
? The Hon. Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

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