Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, announced $625 million in federal support for Canadas child care sector to help ensure that safe and sufficient child care spaces are available to support parents gradual return to work. Along with the agreements under the Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework, this investment means the Government of Canada will invest almost $1.2 billion to support child care in 2020-2021, a 67% increase over the next highest year in history, 2005-2006, when $700 million were announced.
This investment through the Safe Restart Agreement will help address the key priorities agreed upon by Canadas First Ministers for the safe restart of Canadas economy over the next six to eight months.
Parents in British Columbia and across Canada are eager to get back to work, but without quality child care for their kids, many will face barriers to re-entering the labour market. The Government of Canada is working with provinces and territories to ensure child care spaces are safe and accessible so we can continue to build towards a strong economic recovery together.
- The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
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. 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.
- The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
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