Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced that an agreement has been reached that will support an average of $10‑a‑day care in the province, significantly reducing the price of child care for families in Alberta.
The agreement includes creating 42,500 new regulated early learning and child care spaces by the end of March 2026, the Prime Minister’s office said in a statement.
The statement further Ddedn”With federal funding of almost $3.8 billion over the next five years, Alberta 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.”
This agreement will fund critical services, and grow a strong and skilled workforce of early childhood educators, including through greater opportunities for professional development.
The agreement will also support a child care system that is fully inclusive of children with disabilities and children needing enhanced or individual supports, and ensures all families have equitable access to high-quality, affordable child care.
The agreement also includes a clear commitment to continue to work collaboratively with Indigenous organizations in Alberta to develop an approach that will support Indigenous children in the province in having access to culturally-appropriate, quality, and affordable child care.
Since 2015, the government has been helping make life more affordable for families. This includes programs like the Canada Child Benefit, which puts more money into the pockets of nine out of 10 Canadian families and has helped lift more than 400,000 children out of poverty.