Celebrating the first anniversary of the signing of the Pan-Canadian Early Learning and Child Care Agreement with Prince Edward Island

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GATINEAUQC, July 27, 2022 /CNW/ – Access to quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive child care will grow the economy, allow more women to enter the workforce and give children Canada the best start in life. This is why the government of Canada signed agreements with each province and territory to implement a Canadaacross the early learning and child care system.

Today, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Karine Gouldand Prince Edward Island Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning, Nathalie Jamesoncelebrated the first anniversary of the signing of the Canada–Prince Edward Island Pan-Canadian Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.

As part of the agreement with the government of Prince Edward Islandthe government of Canada provides more $117 million over five years to help improve regulated early learning and child care for children under the age of six in the province. Thanks to these investments, the governments of the Canada and Prince Edward Island work together to improve access to high-quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive early learning and child care programs and services, with the goal of ensuring that Prince Edward Island families have access to licensed early learning and child care services for an average of $10 per day by the end of 2024.

Through the Canada–Prince Edward Island Pan-Canadian Agreement and its investments, the province has reduced child care costs to $25 one day from January 1st2022, which represents a significant step towards achieving an average fee reduction of 50% by the end of 2022. This is one of the steps towards achieving an average of $10 a day for early learning and child care in Prince Edward Island designated childcare centers and foster homes by the end of 2024, two years ahead of schedule.

To increase the supply of early learning and child care spaces, the province will create 452 new licensed child care spaces by the end of the 2022-23 fiscal year to ensure that more families have access to child care services. The province will create these new child care spaces primarily in state-run child care centers, as well as in family day care homes.

The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island create an implementation committee that will monitor the progress of early learning and child care commitments in consultation with partners and stakeholders. The first meeting of the Canada-Prince Edward Island Implementation Committee will take place at the end of August.

In addition, Prince Edward Island supports:

  • a strong and qualified workforce of early childhood educators, including initiatives to attract and retain highly qualified early childhood educators and support training and development opportunities;

  • an early learning and child care system that includes children with exceptional needs and children requiring enhanced or individual support, Indigenous, Black and racialized communities, and newcomers Canada and official language minority communities;

  • the development of innovative flexible childcare services for families who work atypical hours; and

  • implementation of a data collection system to support future planning and reporting.

Creating an early learning and child care system that works for families in every region of the country is a key part of the plan to make life more affordable for families while creating good jobs and growing the economy. Almost all of from Canada provinces and territories, including Prince Edward Island, have already seen reductions in childcare costs. By the end of 2022, the average fee for regulated learning and childcare places will be halved across the country.

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Prince Edward Island has already made significant progress in reducing child care costs and providing more training opportunities for the early childhood workforce. I look forward to working with the Government of Prince Edward Island to build on this progress and make high quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive child care a reality in the province. »
– Minister of Family, Children and Social Development, Karine Gould

“We are proud of our investments in the workforce, the expansion of early learning and child care places and the initial fee reductions for parents. We look forward to continuing to work with our federal partners to strengthen Prince Edward Island early learning and child care system.
Prince Edward Island Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning, Nathalie Jameson

Fast facts

  • Prince Edward Island signed his Canada-global agreement on early learning and childcare July 27, 2021.

  • With an average reduction in charges of 50% by the end of 2022, the families of Prince Edward Island could save up to an estimated average of $3,390 annually per child thanks to the Canadaacross the Early Learning and Child Care Agreement and an average of approximately $4,170 one year per child once fees reach an average of $10 one day.

  • In response to requests from provinces and territories, and to support the implementation of the Canadaacross the early learning and child care system, the 2022 federal budget proposes to provide $625 million over four years, starting in 2023-24, for an Early Learning and Child Care Infrastructure Fund. This funding will allow provinces and territories to invest more in child care, including the construction of new facilities.

  • Recognizing that early childhood educators are at the heart of a high quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive early learning and child care system, salary grids and/or additional educational supports for early childhood educators childhood are part of everyone Canada– general agreements with the provinces and territories, with the exception of Quebecwhich has an asymmetric chord.

  • As part of the 2021 budget, the government of Canada made a transformative investment of more than $27 billion in five years to build a Canadaacross the early learning and child care system with provinces and territories. Combined with other investments, including investments in Indigenous early learning and child care, up to $30 billion over five years will be provided in support of early learning and child care.

  • Overall, the government of Canada aims to create approximately 250,000 new child care spaces through Canadawith provinces and territories, and has already achieved its goal of creating 40,000 additional affordable child care spaces by 2020 through early learning and child care agreements from 2017-18 to 2019-20. These new licensed spaces will be created primarily among non-profit, public and family child care providers.

  • Investments in childcare will benefit everyone Canada. Studies show that for every dollar invested in early childhood education, the wider economy receives between $1.50 and $2.80 in return.

Related links

Towards $10-a-Day: Early Learning and Child Care
$10– daily childcare for families Prince Edward Island
Canada–Prince Edward Island Pan-Canadian Early Learning and Child Care Agreement – ​​2021 to 2026
Federal Early Learning and Child Care Secretariat

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