“For Canadian families, child care is not a convenience; it is a necessity. Canadians need more accessible, affordable, inclusive and high-quality child care. That’s why the Government will make a significant, long-term, sustained investment to create a Canada-wide early learning and child care system.”
– Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen
The Government of Canada has committed $7.5 billion over 11 years, starting in 2017-18, to support and create more high-quality, affordable child care across the country. This includes $1.2 billion over three years to provinces and territories through bilateral agreements for early learning and child care programs.
Since 2017-18, federal investments have helped create close to 40,000 more affordable child care spaces nationally prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada is now working with each jurisdiction to invest an additional $400 million in 2020-21.
The Government of Canada has announced in July an additional $625 million in 2020-21 to address the reduced availability of child care and the unique needs of the child care sector stemming from the pandemic across Canada.