Impacting Child Care in Canada

    Canada’s Federal Funding for Child Care

    Positive Impacts on Quality

    In 2017-2018 the Government of Canada made

    history, signing bilateral agreements on Early Leaning and Child Care (ELCC) with all provinces and territories. Of specific significance, signed in September 2018 was the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework. This agreement represents the Government of Canada’s and Indigenous peoples’ work to co-develop a transformative Indigenous framework that reflects the unique cultures, aspirations and needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children across Canada.

    The Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF), along with its affiliates, were pleased to provide support to Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Jean-Yves Duclos, in the first steps towards moving child care forward in Canada. Federal funding is supporting quality in child care in provinces and territories and has had an impact. The current agreements are a start in the government’s support of ELCC in Canada and increased funding and further policy development must be implemented so that Canada’s children, families and ELCC sector can better address the interrelated elements of high-quality child care.

    The CCCF is pleased to highlight some stories from across the country of how the bilateral agreements have positively impacted children and families in Canada’s child care sector.