Manitoba spends $11M on child-care programs, raises for workers


"Child-care programs in Manitoba got a big boost Wednesday with an $11.4 million funding announcement by the province.

The government said it plans to spend the money on everything from new child-care sites and spaces to wage increases for workers.

'Child care is a critical piece of the puzzle for many Manitobans these days. More and more families are trying to make ends meet in a difficult economic environment.'
—Gord Mackintosh, family services and housing ministerThe funds will create 19 new child-care facilities, revitalize and expand several existing ones, and add 2,850 more spaces, said Family Services and Housing Minister Gord Mackintosh.

As well, the province intends to launch an ad campaign and hire more workers, develop a curriculum framework, and enhance child safety at the facilities, according to a news release issued Wednesday."

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