Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

January 11, 2007 15:46 ET

Statement by the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 11, 2006) - The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, issued the following statement in regards to Canada's new Government's Child Care Plan.

"Canada's new Government is making progress and delivering on the Universal Child Care Plan.

The Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) of $1,200 per year is being paid directly to parents for each child under six. Since the cheques started to be delivered in July 2006, Canadian families have already received $1.2 billion.

As well, under the Child Care Spaces Initiative, the 2006 federal budget committed $250 million for the creation of child care spaces in 2007-2008. As promised in the Speech from the Throne, Canada's new Government will work with the provinces and territories, employers and community non-profit organizations to encourage the creation of these new spaces.

Canada's new Government is moving forward with its promises and is getting things done to provide Canadians with real choices in child care."

For more information about Canada's Universal Child Care Plan, please consult www.universalchildcare.ca.

Contact Information

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    Office of the Honourable Monte Solberg
    Minister of Human Resources and Social Development
    Lesley Harmer
    Director of Communications
    819-994-2482