How do the federal/provincial/territorial child care agreements stack up?
Child Care Now has released a comprehensive analysis of Canada’s Multilateral Early Learning Child Care Framework Agreement and the bilateral funding agreements between the Government of Canada and the provinces and territories.
This first-ever comparative assessment of the agreements explains how the provinces and territories intend to use the federal funds allocated for early learning and child care. It produces an extensive report on how the agreements measure up against the evidence-based vision for universal, affordable, inclusive and high-quality early learning and child care advanced by Canada’s child care advocates.
“We published this report so that child care advocates can assess the strengths and weaknesses of the agreed-to action plans, and also monitor the implementation of the commitments made in each agreement,” said Morna Ballantyne, Executive Director of Child Care Now.
“The report will be useful in pushing both levels of government to make the change in child care that Canada needs,” she added.
Background: On June 12, 2017, the Canadian government announced the signing of a Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework agreement with Canada’s provincial and territorial governments. This agreement set the stage for the negotiation of three-year bilateral agreements (2017-2018 to 2019-2020) that set out how much federal funding for early learning and child care is allocated for each province and territory and generally how that federal money will be spent.