Government of Canada and Government of British Columbia Announce Extended Support for Quality Early Learning and Child Care across the Province
GATINEAU, QC, August 13, 2021 / CNW Telbec / – The government of Canada and the government of British Columbia reached an agreement to extend the Canada â British Columbia Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.
By agreement, the government of Canada provides more $ 272 million in funding over four years for British Columbia improve access to high quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive early learning and child care programs and services. In addition, the government of Canada makes a one-time investment of $ 48.8 million in 2021-2022 to support that of British Columbia early childhood educator recruitment and retention efforts.
Under the Canada-British Columbia Early Learning and Child Care Agreement from 2021-2022 to 2024-2025, British Columbia make child care more affordable, prioritizing facilities that provide child care to infants and toddlers, and improving equity in child care through targeted investments to support Indigenous families and families with children with support needs. This four-year agreement ensures that funding will continue to be available to support child care programs and services for BC families until March 2025.
Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) are essential to high quality child care, and the government of Canada provides one-time additional funding to support that of British Columbia ensure that ECEs are well supported and able to pursue their professional goals. The funding will help improve access to ECE training programs, provide scholarships to hundreds of ECE students, and inspire early childhood professionals to join the sector and upgrade their skills.
These investments support the government of Canada and the government of that of British Columbia shared commitment to building an inclusive and universal child care system for BC families.
âChild care is not a luxury, it is a necessity. High quality early learning experiences are essential for the intellectual, emotional and physical development of our children. Our government will continue to fight for families and children in British Columbia to ensure they have access to quality, affordable, accessible and inclusive child care, because every child deserves the best possible start in life.
– Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen
âEarly childhood educators are at the heart of our child care system and we cannot improve access to affordable, quality and inclusive child care for BC families without them. This additional investment by the government of Canada Build on the progress we have already made through our Childcare BC plan to create a universal and inclusive child care system with a well-supported early learning and child care workforce. “
– that of British Columbia Minister of State for Child Protection, Katrina chen
âAccess to affordable, quality and inclusive childcare services is one of the biggest obstacles for women to achieve equal pay and employment opportunities. By improving the recruitment and retention of early childhood educators, we are also supporting a predominantly female profession that has been hampered by low wages and high turnover rates for years. Canada, we are building a universal and inclusive child care system that can empower parents, especially women, to fully participate in the workforce and support our economy. “
– the Minister of Child and Family Development of British Columbia, Mitzi Dean
The government of Canada and the government of British Columbia recently signed a new pan-Canadian early learning and child care agreement between Canada and British Columbia, which will provide British Columbia with a supplement $ 3.2 billion in federal funding over the next five years, with a focus on supporting children under six.
Over the next three years (2021-2022 to 2023-2024), the province will invest a $ 2.5 billion in Childcare BC, its 10-year plan to provide inclusive and universal child care to families in British Columbia.
The government of Canada invested more $ 207.4 million in early learning and child care in British Columbia since 2017.
Through previous investments in early learning and child care, the Government of Canada helped create more than 40,000 additional affordable child care spaces across the country ahead of the pandemic, including investments in nearly 2,800 licensed child care spaces in British Columbia.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
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