Alberta is 6th province to sign national child care pact.
While the federal and provincial ministers lauded the agreement, critics claimed that it will permit the Alberta government to move ahead with its policy of favoring commercial child care businesses. D'Arcy Lanovaz, president of the Alberta division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees said, "Without public delivery conditions attached to the federal funding, the door is now open in Alberta for giant commercial operators to pad their profits with taxpayer dollars."
Canada and Alberta will conclude a detailed multi-year funding agreement for the period 2006-07 to 2009-2010. This new funding will be in addition to the trust fund.
Alberta is the sixth province to sign on to the national child care plan. They are Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. As announced in federal-provincial-territorial meetings on early learning and child care, all programs will be guided by the QUAD principles: quality, universal inclusiveness, accessibility, and development. Provinces will have the flexibility to put in place programs to address the specific needs of their citizens.
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|Title Annotation:||CHILD & FAMILY|
|Date:||Aug 22, 2005|
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