Child care advocates have been told to expect a long-term funding commitment in next week’s budget, sources say, but some are already wondering whether it’s wise of the federal government to promise years of cash without first securing conditions from the provinces.
The government has already heard from child care experts who convened in Ottawa in December to call on the Liberals to define affordability and set specific goals to measure success.
Canadian Child Care Federation chief executive Don Giesbrecht, who took part in consultations with Duclos, said it’s important the money comes with a framework.
“If it’s a blank cheque,” he said, “I worry that it’s just more of the same.”
Child care in Canada expected to get long-term funding in federal budget