(AGENPARL) – OTTAWA (CANADA), ven 23 ottobre 2020
October 22, 2020 Whitehorse, Yukon Employment and Social Development Canada
The Government of Canada and the Government of Yukon are working closely together to ensure families have access to affordable, high-quality and safe early learning and child care opportunities and to address new challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen, and the Yukon Minister of Health and Social Services, Pauline Frost, announced additional support for early learning and child care through a one-year Canada-Yukon Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.
The agreement allocates over $2.4 million in 2020-21 for early learning and child care investments in Yukon. In particular, Yukon will invest in professional development training for early childhood educators, bursaries for students studying early childhood education, piloting a rural child care strategy, addressing health and safety needs in licensed child care centres, expanding the Grandparents Grant and Teen Parent Grant programs, and creating spaces for children with disabilities, among other initiatives.
This agreement builds on the commitments made in the Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework and outlines Yukon’s unique child care needs and priorities, including those resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. It will ensure that funding continues to be available to support child care programs and services for Yukon families in 2020-21.
In addition, the Government of Canada recently announced $625 million to address the reduced availability of child care and the unique needs stemming from the pandemic across Canada with the Safe Restart Agreement. This year, the Government of Canada will invest nearly $1.2 billion in total in early learning and child care.