We respectfully request the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance to recommend in its report on the 2024 budget that the Government of Canada build on its existing ambitious early learning and child care funding commitments by allocating:
(a) $10 billion over three years, starting in 2024-2025, to cover the capital costs associated with increasing the availability of licensed not-for-profit and public early learning and child care programs to meet increased demand, and
(b) Add $7 billion over three years, starting in 2024-25, to the federal transfers to the provinces and territories under the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreements to support full implementation of competitive and equitable wage grids for early childhood educators and other staff in each jurisdiction, along with improved benefits and working conditions.
Further, we call on all governments to ensure that First Nations, Métis and Inuit rights and jurisdiction are respected throughout the childcare system-building transformation, as detailed in both the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Frameworks and the Canada-Wide Agreements on Early Learning and Child Care.
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