Liberal Leader David Khan is calling on the NDP Government to address inequalities in their $25-a-day child care program: Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Centres.
Khan stated, “$25-a-day child care spaces are a great idea but the NDP Government is failing Albertans with lower incomes.
“The current system is not means tested. Struggling, low-income Albertans are paying the same rate as higher income families that do not need taxpayer dollars to afford child care.”
Khan also points out Calgary will receive less ELCC Centres and licensed spaces than Edmonton. Calgary is slated for 30 centres and 2,018 spaces compared to Edmonton’s 35 centres and 2,058 spaces.
“Giving more spaces to a city with a smaller population doesn’t make sense.
“What’s worse, there are year-long waiting lists for these spaces. There are low-income Albertans in desperate need of this service that can’t access it. Studies of a similar program in Quebec before that province instituted some means-testing have shown children from wealthy families have been overrepresented in the publicly-subsidized system. Means testing is necessary to ensure the families that need this program the most have access to it.”