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Feds call out Alberta over unused daycare funds

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Saeed, Henna
Publication Date: 
8 Feb 2024


The federal government is calling out Alberta over differences with daycare operators regarding the implementation of the $10 a day affordable childcare program — as Ottawa says funding is there, but Alberta is not using it.

Jenna Sudds, federal minister of families, children and social development said Wednesday that Alberta spent just half of the money it was given for the national early learning and childcare program, adding that the “the dollars are there” for childcare operators in the province.

“We have made a commitment to all provinces and territories and we expect to continue to work with them to ensure it’s successful,” she said. “There are certainly clauses within our agreement that the provinces are expected to meet and there are consequences when they do not.”