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Building more child care spaces for families in Kanata


KANATA, ON, May 19, 2024 /CNW/ - Every child deserves the best start in life. But for young families, including Millennial and Gen Z parents in Kanata and across the country, the costs of child care can add up to a second rent or mortgage payment. This makes it harder to start and support a family, and as a result, parents?especially moms?often face impossible choices between their careers and child care fees.

Fairness for every generation means ensuring parents, especially moms, do not have to choose between a career and starting a family. The Government is taking action to make life cost less for young families and to build a Canada where every generation can get ahead.

Already, all provinces and territories are offering or are on track to offer $10-a-day regulated child care. This progress, made possible by nearly $40 billion in federal support since 2016, including the transformative investment of nearly $30 billion in Budget 2021, is making life more affordable for young families. Women's labour force participation is now at a record high of 85.7%, meaning more families are bringing home more income and contributing to Canada's economic growth, while saving thousands of dollars on child care every year.

But more families need access to affordable child care.

That's why, today in Kanata, the Honourable Jenna Sudds, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, highlighted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent announcement of $201.87 million over four years, with $135 million through 2025?2026, to help build more inclusive child care spaces across Ontario through the Government of Canada's $625?million Early Learning and Child Care Infrastructure Fund. This investment will help Ontario reach the shared goal of building 86,000 new child care spaces by December 2026. The announcement was made at the grand opening of Andrew Fleck's Forest Explorers Outdoor Learning Centre in Kanata, which will provide 73 new child care spaces (10 infant spaces, 15 toddler spaces and 48 preschool spaces).

Through this Fund, all provinces and territories will be able to make further investments in child care, so more families can save up to $14,300 on child care every year, per child.

These investments will aim to support families in rural and remote communities, as well as families in communities that face barriers to access, such as racialized groups, Indigenous Peoples, newcomers, official language minority communities, and children, parents and employees with disabilities. Funding may also be used to support infrastructure to provide care during non-standard hours.  

Across the country, over 750,000 kids are already benefiting from affordable, high-quality child care, with some families saving up to $14,300 per child, per year. Alongside provinces and territories, the Government of Canada has also announced over 100,000 new spaces, well on the way to reaching the goal of creating 250,000 new spaces by March 2026.

Investing in affordable child care is about helping more families save thousands of dollars on child care and ensuring that every child has the best start in life. The measures highlighted above complement what the Government of Canada is doing in Budget 2024 to build a fairer Canada for every generation. The Government is building more homes, strengthening public health care, making life cost less, and growing the economy in a way that is shared by all?to make sure every generation has a fair chance at building a good middle-class life.

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"Young families who don't yet have access to affordable child care spaces are paying as much as a second rent or mortgage payment for unregulated child care. This is unfair to today's generation of parents, especially Millennial and Gen Z parents, who need and deserve the relief of $10-a-day child care. We are working with provinces and territories to build more spaces across the country, so that more families can access affordable child care and save thousands of dollars every year."
? The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

"Every family in Kanata and across the country should have access to affordable, high-quality, inclusive child care. That's why we're working hard with the Government of Ontario to create more child care spots and reduce waitlists so kids can get the best possible start in life. Today's grand opening of Andrew Fleck's Forest Explorers Outdoor Learning Centre is a big milestone for our local community. We'll keep fighting for the interests of families until they all get the care they deserve.
? The Honourable Jenna Sudds, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

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Associated links

Toward $10-a-day: Early Learning and Child Care
Federal Secretariat on Early Learning and Child Care
Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework

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