Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 20, 2009 09:40 ET

The Honourable Diane Finley Recognizes National Child Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 20, 2009) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today invited all Canadians to celebrate National Child Day. This year, National Child Day also commemorates the 20th anniversary of the adoption, by the United Nations, of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

"The Government of Canada has taken concrete steps to support Canadian families in the choices they make to care for their children," said Minister Finley. "Federal investments in early childhood development and child care have increased and are at the highest level in Canadian history."

The Government of Canada is providing parents with about $2.5 billion a year through the Universal Child Care Benefit. All families, including low-income families, receive $1,200 per year for each child under the age of six. This benefit has a direct impact on approximately 2 million children under six years of age and their families. It is estimated that the Universal Child Care Benefit will lift approximately 22,000 families with 57,000 children out of low income.

The Government of Canada is supporting early learning and child care through transfers to the provinces and territories, direct spending, and tax measures for families. As well, programs such as the Universal Child Care Plan, along with the Canada Child Tax Benefit, which includes the National Child Benefit Supplement, as well as measures provided through Canada's Economic Action Plan, are providing support to children and families.

All told, these measures represent a total investment of over $19 billion in children and their families for 2009-2010.

Canadians are invited to take time today to acknowledge National Child Day. For additional information, visit the National Child Day Web site at www.childday.gc.ca.

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