The Canadian province of Ontario has reached a deal with the federal government to lower the cost of child care to an average of C$10 (US$8) a day by September 2025.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the agreement at a press conference in Brampton on March 28, calling it a “historic moment.”
Under the deal, Ontario will receive C$13.2 billion (US$10.54 billion) for over six years and will receive an additional year of funding of at least C$2.9 billion (US$2.31 billion).
The deal is part of a broader multibillion-dollar package offered to all provinces and territories across Canada. Ontario was the only jurisdiction that had not signed onto the federal government’s plan.
“Today’s announcement will save Ontario families thousands of dollars each year — with fee reductions starting as of Friday this week — while creating jobs, growing the middle class, and giving our kids the best start in life,” Trudeau said.
The deal will also create 86,000 new licensed child care spaces to address increasing demand.
Provincial and federal governments will review the deal in the third and fifth years.
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