Centre for Spatial Economics
This report provides an analysis of the short-term economic impact of an expansion of regulated early learning and care (ELC) as it is currently structured in the province of Nova Scotia. The report provides estimates of the impact on GDP, employment, government revenues and mothers' labour supply from an increase in ELC expenditure in Nova Scotia. It is found that the ELC sector provides more short-term economic stimulus than other major sectors in the Nova Scotia economy. Moreover, an expansion in the number of early childhood educators and spaces will have an additional positive effect on the economy via an increase in mothers' labour supply.