Last week the provincial and federal governments announced $23.5 million for the creation of 2,349 new regulated child care spaces including 118 in Moose Jaw.

Funding for the newly announced spaces has been allocated to 51 organizations in 41 communities that will either build new facilities or add new spaces within their existing walls.

This includes 90 spaces at Northwest Child Development Centre and 28 spaces at Centre Éducatif Pomme d'Api.

Both of these will be additional sites in Moose Jaw.

A new development in Assiniboia will see 30 new spaces at the Golden South Childcare Centre.

“When the federal government set out to create a national early learning and child care system with provinces, territories, and Indigenous partners, we had three main goals: make child care more affordable, create new child care spaces, and support the workforce,” said Jenna Sudds Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “Thanks to our investment, families in Saskatchewan are already benefiting from an average of $10-a-day early learning and child care, saving up to $6,900 per year per child. These new spaces across the province are an important step in ensuring that all families, no matter where they live, have access to affordable, high-quality, inclusive early learning and child care.”

$10-a-day child care was introduced into Saskatchewan earlier this spring.

Funding for these new spaces is provided through the Canada-Saskatchewan Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement, which provides a federal investment of nearly $1.1 billion over five years for child care in Saskatchewan.

The additional spaces are a part of the shared goal of the Governments of Saskatchewan and Canada to create 28,000 new child care centre spaces in the province.

There have been over 5,751 new child care centre spaces allocated since the signing of the agreement back in August 2021.

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