Game Changer

Will provinces and territories meet the new federal child care fee targets? Canadian child care fees 2021
May 10, 2022
1.45 MB60 pages
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Ce rapport est disponible en français ici. 

Are child care fees across Canada on course to decline by 50 per cent by the end of this year?

This report assesses which provinces and territories are on track to meet these ambitious targets and which ones might fall behind. 

Game Changer provides detailed fee data for 37 cities from late 2021, just before major changes in the sector started. It calculates the federal targets for the end of 2022 for each city. Then, based on provincial and territorial child care action plans to date, it projects whether the federal government’s target of a 50 per cent reduction in fees (based on 2019 fees as the baseline) will be met. 

This study draws on the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ survey of licensed child care centres and regulated home-based child care in 37 cities across Canada—the only database of its kind in the country.