The New Federal Budget: Good News for Canadian Child Care

 

March 27, 2017 · Todays Family ·

The New Federal Budget: Good News for Canadian Child Care

It’s no secret that here at Today’s Family, we’re all about quality child care and finding the best solutions for children and families all across Hamilton, Halton and Haldimand-Norfolk. We’re also passionate advocates for child care and children’s rights all across Canada.

The great thing about working in a field that you’re passionate about is that you can put all your energy towards it. Children that grew up watching Bill Nye the Science Guy can put all their energy towards becoming scientists. And we can really focus on making child care as good as it can possibly be.

In the past, we’ve been able to work with the Ontario Provincial Government to improve child care in our province (for example, check out last week’s post about licensed home child care), and we’ll continue to move forward with them. But there’s something new on the horizon… something big…

Something that we’re really, really happy about. Are you sitting down? Here it is:

After eleven long years, the Federal Government is going to reboot their national childcare funding program.

 

What does that mean?

Starting as soon as late this year, as long as all the paperwork gets filled out, the Federal Government of Canada is going to put $540 million towards providing child care all across Canada.

And that number is going to keep growing. Check out how these projections over the next ten years:

 

2017 – 2018 2018 – 2019 2019 – 2020 2020 – 2021 2021 – 2022 2022 – 2023 2023 – 2024 2024 – 2025 2025 – 2026 2026 – 2027 2027 – 2028
$540M $545M $550M $550M $550M $725M $775M $775M $800M $870M $870M

 

That’s a lot of money going towards increasing the quality of child care in Canada. And yes, a pessimist might point out that there’s lots of time for those numbers to go down… but there’s also lots of time for the numbers to go up!

 

Where is the money going?

All of the numbers and initiatives are outlined in the Liberal Party’s budget that was released this past Wednesday, but this article by the Huffington Post breaks it down a bit. But here’s the main takeaway: the $540 million will help to create over 40,000 subsidized child care slots across Canada. And that’s a pretty big deal.

So, we’d like to thank the Government of Canada for starting to put more focus on creating more childcare opportunities in Canada. This is a pretty good first step towards improving childcare in Canada. And obviously we’re a little bit biased (😉) but we’re pretty excited to start walking forward with you, too!

And, hey, Mr. Trudeau? We’re looking forward to creating  new child care spaces soon. Just so you know.

Thanks for reading this week’s blog! We know we’ve been heavy on the politics, but we feel the need to keep all of you informed. We promise there will be a nice, fun post next week! In the meantime, please let us know what YOU think about this new childcare budget, either on Twitter (@TodaysFamilyOnt) or on Facebook. We’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,

Today’s Family

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