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Canada-Nova Scotia Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement

The Canada-Nova Scotia Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement was signed on July 13, 2021. 

On August 17, 2021, the Progressive Conservatives won a majority in a general election. The new government said they would continue with the previous Liberal government child care agreement with the federal government.

The Agreement and Action Plan are available online.

Federal press release

Nova Scotian families to benefit from early learning and child care agreement
Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, 13 July 2021

Provincial press release

Federal-provincial agreement will transform child care, reduce costs for families
Nova Scotia Premier’s Office, 13 July 2021

Canada-Nova Scotia early learning and child care agreement
Government of Nova Scotia, 13 July 2021

Updates and next steps

Province provides stable funding to child-care centres, additional one-time grant
Government of Nova Scotia, 18 February 2022

Child care that cares for everyone
Government of Nova Scotia, 18 February 2022

Nova Scotia families to save hundreds each month in child care fees
Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, 14 January 2022 

Province moves to reduce child-care fees by 25 per cent
Government of Nova Scotia, 14 January 2022

Province moves ahead on Canada-wide early learning and child-care system
Government of Nova Scotia, 15 October 2021

Excellence in early childhood education: Nova Scotia’s workforce strategy for early childhood educators
Government of Nova Scotia, 13 July 2021

Community responses 

Nova Scotia child care system building must stay on track
Child Care Now - Nova Scotia, 10 May 2022

Advocates in Nova Scotia call for proper compensation and benefits for early childhood educators
Child Care Now, 16 March 2022

National child care advocacy group weighs in on Province's daycare plan
CBC Radio - Information Morning, 20 January 2022

Child Care Now Nova Scotia reacts to results of the provincial election
Child Care Now Nova Scotia, 23 August 2021

On the right track: Reflections on the federal-provincial bilateral agreement on early learning and child care in Nova Scotia
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Nova Scotia, 14 July 2021

Government of Canada’s child care agreement with Nova Scotia
Child Care Now, 13 July 2021

Child Care Now N.S. reacts to the monumentally significant agreement
Child Care Now - Nova Scotia, 13 July 2021

Media coverage

Note: Media coverage is listed from most recent to oldest.

Compensation package for early childhood educators expected to be ready by this fall
CBC News, 26 April 2022

Des garderies réduisent leurs services à cause d’un manque de personnel en N.-É.
Le Progrès de Coaticook, 26 April 2022

Some Nova Scotia daycares reducing services to deal with labour shortages
The Globe and Mail, 26 April 2022

Child-care fees in Nova Scotia to drop by 25 per cent Friday
CBC News, 31 March 2022

Halifax daycare closing due to government plans for sector, says owner
CBC News, 11 March 2022

More funding on the way for child care centres as the province moves towards $10 a day child care
Halifax Examiner , 18 February 2022

Private child-care operators seeking clarity about future role in N.S. systems
Saltwire, 13 February 2022

Nova Scotia’s shift to publicly funded early learning and child care won’t be easy, but it’s critical
The Conversation, 25 January 2022

National child care advocacy group weighs in on Province's daycare plan
CBC Radio - Information Morning, 20 January 2022

Nova Scotia's private daycares facing tough decisions
CBC News, 17 January 2022

Nova Scotia child-care fees to be reduced ahead of schedule
CBC News, 14 January 2022

With a Liberal government returning to Ottawa, N.S. premier expects child-care deal to stand
CBC News, 21 September 2021

Fate of Nova Scotia's $10-a-day child-care deal hinges on federal election
CBC News, 5 September 2021

Child-care program will create hundreds of new jobs — but who will staff them?
CBC News, 16 July 2021

Thinking out loud with Sheldon MacLeod: An expert perspective on the childcare announcement
Saltwire, 15 July 2021

N.S. child-care fees to drop to $10 a day by 2026 under new $605M deal
CBC News, 13 July 2021

N.S. becomes second province to sign on to federal Liberals’ child care subsidy plan
The Star, 13 July 2021

Ottawa and Nova Scotia sign child-care agreement
iPolitics, 13 July 2021

Trudeau calls NS child care funding key to 'a feminist recovery' from COVID 
The Coast, 13 July 2021

Advocacy and policy tools

Nova Scotia’s plan to transform early learning and child care in the province
Child Care Now, 19 January 2022

Child Care Now - Nova Scotia public consultation submission
Child Care Now - Nova Scotia, 28 June 2021

Open letter: Recommendations for building an early learning and child care system in Nova Scotia
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Nova Scotia, 25 June 2021

Other Early Learning and Child Care Bilateral Agreements

Canada – Nova Scotia Early Learning and Child Care Agreement - 2017-2020

Canada – Nova Scotia Early Learning and Child Care Agreement – 2020-2021

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