July 19, 2021
Every child deserves the best possible start in life, and all parents should have the ability to build both a family and career. Yet, too many families across Canada lack access to affordable, inclusive, and high-quality child care.
That’s why the Liberal government’s 2021 Budget laid out a transformative plan to build a Canada-wide, community-based system of affordable early learning and child care, which aims to achieve, on average, $10 a day child care spaces for Canadian families. With agreements already in place in British Columbia and Nova Scotia, we’re making real progress to ensure that all children from coast to coast to coast have full access to the quality learning and care they need to succeed.
Here’s what child care advocates and community leaders across the country are saying about these historic agreements:
We applaud the BC gov’t for being the 1st prov. to sign an early learning & child care agreement w/@CanadianPM An historic step as we move to transform early childhood in BC! @KatrinaCBurnaby @MitziDeanBC @HonAhmedHussen @jjhorgan @ECEBC1 @FirstNationsPNhttps://t.co/kr6pVkmitB
— BC ECPN (@EcpnBc) July 9, 2021
“We welcome today’s announcement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Iain Rankin of a second bilateral agreement to build a Canada-wide child care system. Other provinces must move forward. This is the way to build back better.” UNIFOR[Source – July 13, 2021]
Great news today announced by Premier John Horgan and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
This is an important step towards empowering women and making our region more competitive. https://t.co/NH5hMXL7gT
— Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (@BoardofTrade) July 9, 2021
We welcome the announcement that the provincial government of Nova Scotia and the federal government have reached a funding agreement on childcare. This will make a real difference in the lives of families and children across the province. @CA_prosperity https://t.co/L6SiQ6q0bH
— Pamela Jeffery (@Pamela_Jeffery) July 13, 2021
ONN welcomes the federal government’s commitment to nonprofit & public sector-driven #childcare expansion in its new bilateral agreements with British Columbia and Nova Scotia. Here’s our brief on how to create a public policy environment for nonprofits: https://t.co/ajFERSbtUF. https://t.co/y6JQLQJra5
— Ontario Nonprofit Network (@o_n_n) July 13, 2021
Recruitment/retention of an early childhood workforce is as important as *affordability* of care.
You can’t get high-quality care without high-quality caregivers.
You can’t keep high-quality caregivers if you don’t respect them.
The conditions of work are the conditions of care. https://t.co/TvBXywOHae
— Armine Yalnizyan (@ArmineYalnizyan) July 13, 2021
High quality child care does not happen by chance, it happens by design/purpose. This is why Canada’s federal government is an important funding/policy partner with the provinces and territories—and in funding the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework. #cdnchildcare
— CCCF (@CCCF_FCSGE) July 9, 2021
Canada’s unions would like to congratulate the advocates who have been fighting for years to see $10 a day child care in BC. Today the provincial and federal govts announced real plans to make their vision a reality. #ChildCareBC @Child_Care_Now pic.twitter.com/SdHwyZiypy
— Canadian Labour (@CanadianLabour) July 8, 2021