Ottawa 'on track' to deliver on creation of 40,000 more affordable child care spaces

Federal investments in early learning and child care are helping children and families in Canada.

Ottawa says investments through the Early Learning and Child Care Bilateral Agreements with provinces and territories will lead to the creation of up to 40,000 more affordable child care spaces by 2020.

In an announcment today, Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development says the government created one third of the promised spaces in 2017-2018 and is on track to meet its goal.

The government says additional child care spaces help reduce wait times for families and extended opening hours make life easier for parents who work seasonal or non-standard hours.

Ottawa says newly funded child care spaces are also being created with consideration for families more in need, including lone-parent families, those in under-served communities, lower-income families, and families with children with varying abilities as well as indigenous families.