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Canada-wide Plan — 13 and Strong!

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In under one year we have made history. Let that sink in for a moment.  

It began with the federal budget on April 19, 2021, when Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland announced historic and transformational investments into a Canada-wide child care plan — with more than $30B in new funding over the next 5 years. Over the past year, methodically, each of Canada’s provinces and territories then signed their respective child care agreement with the federal government, and on March 28, 2022, Ontario became the last piece of the puzzle to complete the Canadian map.

Did I mention that this is historic? Because it really is. Joining healthcare and education, early learning and child care is now the third pan-Canadian social program. A significant trio for Canadians.  The thing about history is you do not always recognize that you are living it when it’s happening in real-time. But we are and to all of you who have played both large and small parts in bringing about this long-overdue change, we say THANK YOU.   
 
It is your unwavering persistence that Canada had to do better for children, families, women and communities. You stood by your convictions about how important access to high quality, affordable, inclusive, and accessible child care is for all.  You knew this for many years, well before it became known as the Canada-wide child care plan. We are so in awe of the work you do each and every day. The pandemic only strengthened our resolve on how essential access to child care is—a critical service supporting the other essential services. And at the end of the day, we do it for children. 

And now, we pivot to ensuring that all of you–Canada’s ELCC workforce—continue to be valued as the key players in leading this child care system to one of high quality. We know it has been a tough start for many of you, but as Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Karina Gould said at the Canada/Ontario press conference yesterday, we need you now more than ever.

The work is not done. In many ways it is just beginning as we build real, long-lasting systemic change.  

Let’s savour the moment, but not for too long as we have much more work to do.  

We are so proud that you are a part of the Canadian Child Care Federation. 

Don 

Le plan pancanadien – Les 13 provinces et territoires ont maintenant une entente!


En moins d’un an, nous avons changé le cours de l’histoire. Prenons un instant pour saisir toute l’ampleur de ce qui vient de se produire.

Tout a commencé avec le budget fédéral du 19 avril 2021, lorsque la ministre des Finances Chrystia Freeland a annoncé un investissement sans précédent et transformateur de plus de 30 milliards de dollars de nouveaux fonds sur cinq ans dans un plan pancanadien de services de garde d’enfants. Dans la dernière année, chaque province et territoire a signé une entente respective sur la garde d’enfants avec le gouvernement fédéral, l’Ontario devenant la dernière à le faire à son tour le 28 mars 2022.

Ai-je mentionné que nous venons de franchir une étape qui fera date dans notre histoire? Ce moment passera vraiment à l’histoire!Après les soins de santé et l’éducation, l’apprentissage et la garde des jeunes enfants constituent désormais le troisième programme social pancanadien. Il s’agit d’un trio important pour la population canadienne.

L’histoire a ceci de particulier qu’elle ne nous laisse pas toujours voir sur le coup que nous vivons un moment inédit. C’est pourtant ce qui se passe en ce moment. À toutes les personnes qui ont joué un rôle, qu’il soit petit ou grand, dans la concrétisation de ce moment de changement attendu depuis longtemps, nous voulons dire MERCI.

Grâce à votre dévouement incessant pour que le Canada rehausse la barre de ce qu’il fait pour les enfants, les familles, les femmes et les collectivités, nous y sommes arrivés. Vous avez continué de défendre l’importance de l’accès à des services de garde abordables, inclusifs, accessibles et de qualité. Vous le faites avec conviction depuis des années, depuis bien avant que le concept ne prenne la forme d’un plan pancanadien de services de garde d’enfants. Nous vous vouons la plus grande admiration pour tout le travail que vous accomplissez tous les jours. La pandémie n’a fait que renforcer le caractère essentiel des services de garde – qui sont névralgiques pour soutenir tous les autres services essentiels. Au bout du compte, tous nos efforts profitent aux enfants.

Et il faut maintenant veiller à ce que chacun et chacune d’entre vous – qui formez le personnel des services de garde à l’enfance du Canada – continuent d’être valorisés en tant qu’acteurs clés dans les efforts pour assurer la qualité élevée du système de garde d’enfants. Nous savons que les débuts ont été difficiles pour bon nombre d’entre vous, mais comme l’a dit la ministre de la Famille, des Enfants et du Développement social, Karina Gould, lors de la conférence de presse conjointe du gouvernement fédéral et du gouvernement de l’Ontario hier, nous avons besoin de vous plus que jamais.

Le travail n’est pas terminé. À bien des égards, il ne fait que commencer puisque nous avons à opérer un changement systémique, réel et durable.

Profitons de l’instant présent avant de nous remettre à la tâche parce qu’il nous reste encore beaucoup de pain sur la planche.

Nous sommes très fiers que vous fassiez partie de la Fédération canadienne des services de garde à l’enfance.

Don


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