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Creating more child care spaces

Before our government came to the table, parent fees were extremely high, early childhood educator (ECE) wages were low, and there were not enough spaces. Conservative policies left us with a system in crisis. Child care spaces were built were they were profitable, not where need was greatest.

We came forward with $30 billion, and Provinces and Territories have promised to build spaces to meet the needs of families everywhere. Fees are down across Canada, and we have announced 100,000 new spaces in just 2 years. Now, we are back at the table with even more investments to help non-profits build more spaces.

This week, the Prime Minister announced $201.87 million in funding to create more child care spaces and support inclusive child care services across Ontario, especially in underserved communities. This will help Ontario reach our goal of creating 86,000 new child care spaces by 2026. That means:

  • more families with access to affordable child care; 
  • more child care spaces in rural and remote regions; and,
  • more support for communities that face barriers to access.

In Budget 2024, we’re also taking steps to build more child care spaces and infrastructure across Canada. This includes:

  • Launching a new Child Care Expansion Loan Program, which will offer $1 billion in low-cost loans and $60 million in non-repayable grants for child care providers to build new spaces and renovate existing child care centres;
  • Offering student loan forgiveness for rural and remote early childhood educators, to encourage educators to work in smaller communities and help families get the child care they need;
  • Increasing training for early childhood educators to build up the talent needed to expand affordable, high-quality child care; and,
  • Improving child care access for military families.

In just three years, we’ve made incredible progress in building the Canada-wide early learning child care system. Across the country, over 750,000 kids are already benefiting from affordable, high-quality child care — and we’re well on our way to reaching our goal of creating 250,000 new spaces and reaching $10-a-day child care by 2026.

We’re making sure that every Canadian — no matter where you’re from, or how much you make — has access to quality, affordable child care. Because that’s what fairness looks like.

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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