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By April, Province Hopes To Achieve $10 A Day Child Care

The province of Saskatchewan and the Canadian government have jointly announced that beginning April 1, 2023, the fees for regulated child care in the province will be reduced to $10 per day. Saskatchewan is one of the first Canadian provinces to achieve this target, which is three years ahead of the schedule outlined in the Canada-Saskatchewan Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.

Parents whose children are under the age of six and attend regulated child care on a full-time basis can expect to pay $217.50 per month. The fee reductions will result in families saving an average of $395 to $573 per month for each child under six from the average comparable fees as of March 31, 2021.

As of December 31, 2022, there are 19,790 regulated child care spaces in operation across 144 communities in Saskatchewan. Through the agreement the governments are also providing funding for free training and education to increase the number of early childhood educators, wage enhancements of up to $5.00 per hour, and a range of grants for regulated child care facilities.

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