Ottawa and New Brunswick sign $10-a-day child care agreement

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Ottawa and New Brunswick on Monday signed an agreement that will support an average of $10‑a‑day child care in the province.

Through the agreement, the governments of Canada and New Brunswick will work together to improve access to high-quality, affordable, flexible, and inclusive early learning and child care programs and services, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

This includes creating 3,400 new licensed early learning and child care spaces by the end of March 2026.

With federal funding of almost $492 million over the next five years, New Brunswick will also see a 50 per cent reduction in average parent fees for children under the age of six in regulated child care by the end of 2022.

“All families should have access to affordable child care. That is why we’re making $10‑a‑day child care a reality across the country. Today’s agreement with New Brunswick is an important step forward to delivering on our Canada-wide early learning and child care system, which will create jobs, grow the middle class, and give our kids the best start in life,” said Prime Minister Trudeau.

Blaine Higgs, Premier of New Brunswick, said “Today, we’re signing an agreement that works for New Brunswick’s families and early childhood sector. We are helping families find more affordable, quality, and inclusive child care, but we’re also able to help support small businesses and build on successful programs that have increased the quality of learning in facilities.”

Earlier this year, the Government of Canada reached similar agreements with the governments of British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Yukon, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. The governments of Canada and Quebec also reached an asymmetric agreement to strengthen the early learning and child care system in the province.

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