CANADA-MANITOBA EARLY LEARNING AND CHILD-CARE AGREEMENT TO STRENGTHEN CHILD CARE AND SUPPORT RECRUITMENT, RETENTION OF EARLY CHILDHOOD WORKFORCE ACROSS MANITOBA

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More than $19 Million in Initial Investments to be made in Coming Weeks to Enhance Pay, Increase Benefits for Front-Line Workers

The governments of Canada and Manitoba have extended the Canada-Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Agreement, investing close to $98 million over four years to continue building and strengthening regulated child care services for children six years old and under, Federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Karina Gould and Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning Minister Wayne Ewasko announced today.

This will include a one-time investment in the early childhood workforce of more than $19 million to begin offering targeted support for the recruitment and retention of qualified staff for the early learning sector.

“When we announced the increased subsidy thresholds and fee reductions for subsidized families three weeks ago, we promised that additional investments would be coming to support the early childhood workforce, and today, we deliver on that promise,” said Ewasko. “Our first investments will be to enhance wages for many workers who make less than the provincial average, as well as provide additional benefits to current staff, which is expected to help us retain more employees to support the youngest Manitobans.”

“Today’s agreement builds on the great work already underway to improve early learning and child care in Manitoba,” said Gould. “It also means more support for early childhood educators, who are at the heart of the Canada-wide system we are building with provinces and territories. I look forward to continuing to work with the province to support families, create more child care spaces, and grow the early childhood workforce.”

Read the full news item here: https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/?archive=&item=53497