November 16, 2020 Fredericton, New Brunswick Employment and Social Development Canada
The Government of Canada has been working closely with the Government of New Brunswick to ensure families continue to have access to safe, affordable and high quality child care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen, and New Brunswick’s Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Dominic Cardy, announced $14 million in federal support for New Brunswick’s child care sector.
The funding New Brunswick is receiving will help child care centres recover from temporary closures and loss of critical revenue from placement fees, adapt to public health guidelines and address needs emerging from the pandemic. It will also help ensure safe and sufficient child care spaces are available to support parents’ gradual return to work.
This funding is part of a larger $625 million investment through the Safe Restart Agreement to address the key child care priorities agreed upon by Canada’s First Ministers for the safe restart of Canada’s economy over the next six to eight months. Along with the agreements under the Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework, this investment means the Government of Canada will invest nearly $1.2 billion to support child care in 2020–2021.