Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans Wednesday to spend $625 million to help provinces and territories build child-care infrastructure.
Trudeau said the money will be rolled out over four years to help providers renovate, retrofit and build new not-for-profit and public child-care facilities.
“We need more child-care spaces so more families can benefit from affordable, high-quality child care,” Trudeau said at a press conference in Mississauga, Ont.
The announcement follows through on the early learning and child-care infrastructure fund promised by the Liberal government in the 2022 budget.
It’s meant to complement the national child-care program, which aims to deliver child care for $10 a day, on average, by 2026.
Parents have already seen fees reduced by an average of at least 50 per cent across the country.
Advocates and experts have raised concerns however, about a lack of spaces to accommodate the growing demand for subsidized child care.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 28, 2023.
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