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Universal childcare for $10 a day

Canada’s commitment to social welfare has taken a significant leap forward with the planning and implementation of universal childcare. The plan, which was originally introduced in 2021, aims to spend up to $30 billion by 2026 to bring down the costs of childcare and to create more than 250,000 new spaces.

Amidst the pandemic and a struggling economy, Canada made a move that represented a fundamental shift in the nation’s approach to supporting families, children, and the economy. The groundbreaking childcare cost reduction initiative aims to provide accessible, affordable, and high-quality services to families across the country. Starting with British Columbia, the federal government has started implementing their plan all around the country.

Almost three years into the plan, Canadian families are already seeing a significant drop in costs, paying hundreds of dollars less for care each month than they were prior to 2021. Five of Canada’s provinces have already reached the $10-per-day childcare goal ahead of schedule, and many others have reduced their fees by over 50 percent.

In addition to reducing costs, the plan has already created about 52,000 new childcare spots, and in some provinces like Nova Scotia, federal funding has even helped boost the wages of early-childhood educators.

Before the implementation of universal childcare, Canada’s childcare landscape was characterized by a patchwork of services with significant regional disparities. The plan didn’t come out of nowhere; rather, years of locally driven organizing was pivotal in getting things moving at the federal level. Affordability and accessibility have always been major concerns for Canadian families and have long hindered workforce participation, especially for women. The new policy aims to comprehensively address these challenges and has had great success so far.

Canada’s commitment to universal childcare reflects a unique and progressive approach to social policy, acknowledging the integral role of early childhood education while addressing the prioritization of affordability, quality, and accessibility for all Canadians. Our country is not only supporting families but also laying the foundation for a more inclusive and economically vibrant future. As the program continues to evolve, it serves as a model for other nations in promoting the holistic development of their citizens and fostering a thriving society.

Source: Government of Canada