The province is taking what’s calling a “first step” towards more affordable child care.
The eventual hope is to cap fees at $25/day, and today’s announcement surrounding a $10-million pledge to create 1,000 new child care spaces and 230 new jobs in the sector.
Status of Women Minister Stephanie McLean says this follows up on a campaign promise to make it easier to get women back into the work force.
“Research shows women are more likely to turn down job opportunities or quit their jobs because of unpaid family responsibilities,” McLean told an Edmonton crowd on Tuesday. “For women who want to work, but can’t afford child care, there are long-term losses. Lost wages, lost promotions, lost pensionable hours.”
Each new child-care centre will receive up to $500,000 in operating funding in the first year, with an opportunity for more funding for the next two years.
The deadline to apply for this portion of funding is January 20th.
“I literally cried when I was told the details of this,” Edmonton parent and nurse Christy Lee said. “I was very humbled when I became a mother myself and had to make decisions about child care.”
She said has heard these stories before from others, and having options is what will make everyone better.
A spokesperson for the province said the program will be available in all seven regions, including northwest, northeast, north central, Edmonton, central, Calgary, and south. Premier Rachel Notley said the province will work to ensure a proper fit in each region.
AB Status of Women Minister says women lose promotions, jobs and careers as a result of inadequate child care— Laurel Gregory (@LGregoryGlobal) November 15, 2016