The Canadian Federal government announced $625 million in federal support to the country’s child care sector today. It is part of the $19 billion allocated to provinces and territories to safely restart their economies through the government’s Safe Restart Agreement.
Nipissing-Timiskaming MP, Anthony Rota, says the money will enable parents to return to work and have somewhere safe to place their children, something he says is “very important to any parent.”
“The $19 billion is investing and protecting the health care of Canadians and making sure that people can go back to work safely, and preparing for that potential second wave, should it come. One of the things people have been telling me is that child-care has been lacking. […] This $625 million in emergency federal support ensures safe, sufficient, and affordable child care is available to parents. Again, this will allow parents to return to work, and it helps our economy recover while their children are safe in a reputable child care facility. The federal government has been working in tandem with the provincial governments and it’s nice to see the different levels of government working together. The money is being issued to provinces for health care to make sure there is good support for our health care system, to make sure it is there to serve Canadians and make sure they have resources required to continue to make the healthcare system work.” he said.
The investment is in addition to the $1.2 billion over three years already promised to provinces and territories over three years, beginning in 2017-18