Low-income families in New Brunswick to have access to free child care: Premier

Premier Brian Gallant has announced changes to the province's daycare system, which will mean free daycare for low-income families.

In an announcement Thursday, the premier says families with an annual gross income under $37,500 will have access to free child care.

The new program is aimed at parents who are either working or attending school, with children aged five and under attending a designated New Brunswick Early Learning Centre.

A news release from the province says it will be available to eligible families regardless of the centre’s location or the fee charged by its operator.

Saint John and the Greater Edmundston area will have the first designated anglophone and francophone centres in March, with provincewide implementation by March 1st, 2019.

The news follows Tuesday's announcement of the Early Learning and Child Care Action Plan, including the creation of a child care registry and wait list.

All of the programs are part of a three-year, $71 million early learning and child care agreement between Ottawa and the province.