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$10 billion over the next four years for child care: NDP

Last Updated Sep 30, 2019 at 6:04 pm PDT

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh makes an announcement in Toronto on Monday, September 2, 2019. The federal NDP says it's not true that 14 former provincial NDP candidates in New Brunswick switched their political allegiances to the Green party. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Summary

Singh says he wants to bring costs down to $10 per day by 2030

He says the Liberals have yet to fully deliver on a 26-year-old promise to make childcare affordable

His plan would create 500,000 new affordable childcare spaces across the Canada

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — An NDP pledge to spend $10 billion over four years is the biggest commitment yet to affordable child care, according to the party leader.

Child care was a top priority for Jagmeet Singh when he made the announcement Monday during a campaign stop at Vancouver’s Hastings Park Childcare Centre.

Singh says he wants to bring costs down to $10 per day by 2030 because the Liberals have yet to fully deliver on a 26-year-old promise to make childcare affordable.

“Kids that were born when this promise was first made, they’re now grown up and need childcare for their kids. That’s how long this promise has been going on,” he says.


His plan would create 500,000 new affordable child care spaces across the Canada if his party forms the next government.

“One in four kids under six have child care. That means three out of four kids do not. This is really difficult for so many families and so many kids,” he says.

The Liberals’ new plan includes spending at least $535 million a year on child care.

The Conservatives want to bring back two tax credits axed by the Trudeau government saving parents up to $225 dollars a year. While the Green Party’s universal child care promise amounts to an extra billion per year.