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    Child Care Fees in Canada’s Big Cities 2018

    Developmental Milestones: Child care fees in Canada’s big cities 2018

    Via the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)

    This report updates the ranking of the most and least expensive cities for child care in Canada. The study finds that fees have risen faster than inflation in 61% of cities since 2017. However, in 2018, the number of provinces with policies directly targeting fee affordability has doubled.

    The study, the fifth in a series, provides an annual snapshot of median parental child care fees in Canada’s 28 biggest cities for full-time regulated child care of infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Fees were surveyed between May-August 2018.

    Study reveals highest and lowest child care fees in Canadian cities in 2018

    Le rapport en français est disponible içi. 

    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.

    Early Childhood Education and Care 2016

    Martha Friendly’s Childcare Research and Resource Unit’s 11th edition (English only) of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in Canada (2016). The data-based report includes a portrait of each province and territory’s ECEC programs and services, as well as pertinent demographic data and details related to child care, kindergarten and parental leave.

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    Canadian Child Care Federation Applauds Ontario’s Child Care Investment and Plan — Moving Ontario and Canada on the path toward a system of high quality, affordable early years and child care

    March 27, 2018

    Today’s announcement from Ontario to invest a new $2.2 billion to child care to help support the implementation of free child care for preschool children is a strong and progressive step for children and families in Canada. The provincial government is addressing quality like never before, including the commitment to create a transparent and competitive wage scale for early childhood educators and child care staff.

    Federal leadership over the last year to invest in child care and signing agreements with the provinces, territories and Indigenous communities has started the ball rolling. Together, the federal government’s funding commitments along with provincial and territorial investments and policy support will ensure that children benefit from high-quality programs delivered by a well-educated and well-compensated child care workforce, a key element of quality.

    “Across Canada, we are seeing the provinces and territories make new and enhanced investments in child care. This collective leadership helps to ensure high quality, affordable, inclusive and accessible child care for children and families”, said CCCF Chair, Marni Flaherty. “There continues to be much to do, but we are headed in the right direction.”

    Don Giesbrecht,
    CEO Canadian Child Care Federation
    613-729-5289 (220)

    Financing Funds Directly to Child Care Is Key to Gender Equality in Canada

    Today’s budget announcement by Finance Minister Morneau to add a new five-week, use-it-or-lose-it incentive for the second parent to take parental leave and share the responsibilities of raising their young child is good family policy for Canada but does little to help women enter the workforce and make having a family or life itself affordable. If the Trudeau Government truly wants to help the middle classes and women’s equality as its party line touts, then it must make higher direct investments to child care.

    Many Canadian studies and reports show that of any policy geared to help struggling families, investments for high-quality child care has the biggest economic payoff for parents and their children. Investment in child care pays for itself. It has compounding positive effects on women’s employment and pay. And it goes even further for low-income families.

    Research such as Pierre Fortin’s in Quebec, shows that funding child care directly will much better position women to participate fully in the work force and hence stimulate the economy.

    Canadian women and parents know too well how paying for child care for young children while they go to work is painfully expensive. A new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on the rising cost of child care concludes that the typical family with young children spends about a third of its income on fees — this is about $21,096 a year on average in cities like Toronto — more than triple the average tuition cost to put an older child through university for one year.

    This budget announcement on parental leave is a well-intentioned effort toward closing the gap on gender equality but does not directly address the rapidly rising cost of child care and early education programs. And it does nothing for the quality and accessibility of child care at all. It is time for our government to invest adequately in child care and for Canada.

    Don Giesbrecht,
    CEO Canadian Child Care Federation
    613-729-5289 (220)

    Why can’t Canada keep up on child care? – CCCF in the Toronto Star

    It is time for our government to invest adequately in child care and for Canada to stop lagging behind among our international community of wealthy nations.

    Canadian Childcare Federation CEO Don Giesbrecht’s opinion piece in the Toronto Star

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    Affordable Child Care Better Positions Families to Participate in the Workforce and Stimulate Economy


    October 24, 2017

    Affordable Child Care Better Positions Families to Participate in the Workforce and Stimulate

    Financing Funds Directly to Child Care Will Do More for Parents’ Participation in the Workforce than a Boost to the Canada Child Benefit

    The Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF) and its affiliates from across Canada have welcomed the recent leadership in starting to bring the multi-lateral framework to realization, placing early learning and child care rightfully back into the federal government’s policy and budgetary commitments.

    Today’s announcement by Finance Minister Morneau to increase the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) is touted as a means to stimulate the economy through growth in labour-force participation due to the
    payments to parents, which, as quoted by Stephen Poloz, Governor of the Bank of Canada, “encouraged stay-at-home parents to re-enter the workforce because the financial supports could help pay for child care.” However, if this government’s financial policy really seeks to encourage stay-at-home parents to re-enter the workforce, it must fund child care itself, making it accessible, of high quality and affordable to parents. As Pierre Fortin’s research has shown in Quebec, funds to child care directly will much better position Canadian families to participate fully in the work force and hence stimulate the economy.

    The CCCF expects federal leadership to create the necessary inter-related policies, programs and outcomes for children and families across Canada. Infrastructure support for national leadership and capacity building of the child care sector, long ignored, needs to be a part of the federal government’s
    financial commitments to child care in Canada.

    Establishing child care delivery priorities will ultimately create a comprehensive child care system
    rather than one-off solutions, for all Canadians.

    Media Contact:
    Don Giesbrecht,
    CEO Canadian Child Care Federation
    Ph: 613-729-5289 (220) or 204-223-9369

    October 24, 2017 Finance Minister Morneau’s Child Benefit Increase