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‘Vital to our economic recovery’: Alberta and Ottawa renew child care agreement, boost subsidy

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Alberta and Ottawa have extended an agreement meant to help working parents with child care.

Under the deal, Ottawa is committing over $290-million over four years for affordable and inclusive programming.

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The agreement will also mean an increase in the provincial subsidy program to $45 million from $29 million in the 2020-2021 deal.

“Child care is not a luxury, it’s a necessity,” said Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, in a news release. “High-quality early learning experiences are essential to the intellectual, emotional and physical development of our children.”

A one-time funding commitment of $56 million has also been included to build up the province’s early childhood workforce following closures, quarantines and staffing changes since the pandemic began in March 2020.

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That money will be used for training, professional development and resources to enhance existing initiatives as well as retention strategies.

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Minister of Children’s Services Rebecca Schulz says child care is vital to the province’s economic recovery.

“Albertans expect high-quality, inclusive, affordable and accessible child care. We’re investing in a child care strategy that meets the diverse needs of Alberta parents, especially working moms, while supporting high-quality programs in attracting and retaining quality early childhood educators.”

The federal government has promised up to $30 billion over the next five years to build a Canada-wide early learning and child care system, with the goal of bringing the cost down to $10 a day.

The amounts per child, based on income, have yet to be announced in Alberta.




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