Excerpts from agreement
CANADA- BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA-WIDE EARLY LEARNING AND CHILD CARE AGREEMENT
BETWEEN: HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN IN RIGHT OF CANADA (hereinafter referred to as “Canada” or “Government of Canada”) as represented by the Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada (“Canada”) and as represented by the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (herein referred to as “the federal Minister”)
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THE GOVERNMENT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA (hereinafter referred to as British Columbia”) as represented by the Minister of the Ministry of Children and Family Development herein referred to as “the British Columbia Minister”)
NOW THEREFORE, Canada and British Columbia agree as follows:
1.0 VISION FOR CANADA-WIDE EARLY LEARNING AND CHILD CARE
1.1 Canada and British Columbia agree that the long-term vision and objectives for Canada-wide ELCC set out in the Multilateral Framework will guide the investment of funds provided under this Agreement. This includes the vision that all families in Canada have access to high-quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive early learning and child care no matter where they live.
1.2 Canada and British Columbia aspire to the following objectives:
a) A typical parent fee of $10/day for all regulated child care spaces for children aged 0 – 5 in British Columbia by the end of this five-year agreement (throughout the agreement, the use of the term “regulated” refers to child care providers and spaces licensed by British Columbia);
b) Creating more high-quality, affordable regulated child care spaces, primarily through not-for-profit and public child care providers;
c) Addressing barriers to provide inclusive and flexible child care; and,
d) Valuing the early childhood workforce and their work and providing them with training and development opportunities needed to support their growth and the growth of a quality system of child care.