“Child care is not a convenience, it is a necessity. High-quality early learning experiences are essential to the development of our children, and the availability of affordable, flexible child care will be key to ensuring Canadian parents can return to work so our economy can recover from this crisis. The Government of Canada is pleased to continue working with the Government of Nunavut to ensure that all children and families in Nunavut have equal access to the safe, quality early learning and child care they need to succeed.”
-Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen
“We must ensure that children and students across Nunavut are given every opportunity to learn and grow in safe, healthy and productive learning environments. This funding will certainly help our learning facilities provide the vital supports that Nunavut families expect and need.”
– Minister of Education of Nunavut, David Joanasie
For Canadian families, high-quality, affordable child care is more than a convenience-it’s a necessity. The Government of Canada and the Government of Nunavut are ensuring that every child gets the best possible start in life.
Nunavut will receive nearly $2.4 million through the Canada-Nunavut Early Learning and Child Care Agreement and an additional $2.6 million of the Government of Canada’s $625 million child care Safe Restart Fund to support safe early learning and child care.
The federal government entered into bilateral agreements with all provinces and territories to provide them with $1.2 billion over three years for early learning and child care programs, starting in 2017-18.
These important investments in early learning and child care helped to create close to 40,000 more affordable child care spaces nationally prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The federal government is now working with each jurisdiction to negotiate bilateral agreements that will provide $400 million in 2020-21. This funding will continue to support the early learning and child care sector and will build on this success.
The Government of Nunavut’s action plan consists of four core activities to ensure access to affordable, high quality and inclusive early learning and childcare. These include supporting child care centres through operations and maintenance funding, creating more spaces in underserved communities, investing in training for early childhood educators and developing culturally appropriate educational programming resources.