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Early Learning and Child Care

Our government is investing $7.5 billion over 11 years, starting in 2017-18 to increase the quality, accessibility, affordability, flexibility, and inclusivity in early learning and child care, with a particular focus on families more in need.

Along with the Canada Child Benefit, early learning and child care programs will provide parents, particularly women, with the opportunity to fully participate in the labour market and to help develop the Canadian Economy.

On June 12, 2017, the Federal-Provincial/Territorial Ministers Most Responsible for Early Learning and Child Care announced a Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework to help deliver early learning and child care systems that will improve the lives of Canadian children and their families.

Date Province Bilateral Agreement
December 15, 2017 Newfoundland and Labrador Allocate just over $22 million over three years for early learning and child care investments
September 20, 2017 Nunavut Allocates just over $7 million over three years for early learning and child care investments.
August 30, 2017 New Brunswick The federal government will invest close to $30 million to improve early learning and child care for preschool-aged children. The province will contribute an additional $41 million for a total of $71 million.
August 29, 2017 Prince Edward Island Allocates $10.5 million over three years for early learning and child care investments.
June 16, 2017 Ontario Federal government will provide $435 million over the next three years. Some of the money will go towards improving training for the people who care for our children. We will also ensure that young French-speaking children living in minority language communities will have access to child care in their official language.

In the coming months, we will work with each additional province and territory to enter into three-year bilateral funding agreements.