Canada announces $625 million in child care funding for parents returning to work

Jul 24 2020, 7:00 am

The Government of Canada announced $625 million in federal support for the country’s child care sector to help parents returning to work.

On Friday, the federal government said that it’s been working with provinces and territories “to ensure all families have access to affordable and high quality child care” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced today’s funding to support parents’ gradual return to work.

“The availability of affordable, high-quality and flexible child care will be key to ensuring Canadian parents can return to work and our economy can recover from this crisis,” said Hussen. “The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the child care sector to ensure all Canadian families will have access to the quality child care they need.”

According to the government, this investment is in addition to the $1.2 billion over three years that was distributed to the provinces and territories, starting in 2017-18, to support early learning and child care and create up to 40,000 more affordable child care spaces.

Friday’s investment is through the Safe Restart Agreement, which will help address the key priorities agreed upon by Canada’s First Ministers for the safe restart of Canada’s economy over the next six to eight months, said the federal government.

Funding is allocated to the provinces and territories based on the existing allocation formula used for the Early Learning and Child Care Bilateral Agreements.

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