Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

May 15, 2006 15:38 ET

The Honourable Diane Finley recognizes International Day of Families

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 15, 2006) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, is encouraging Canadians across the country to take a moment today to reflect on the importance of families.

Twelve years ago, the United Nations designated May 15 as International Day of Families. This is an annual observance that marks the importance of families in communities across the world. It is also a day that allows us to focus on the challenges faced by families everywhere.

"We have much to be proud of in Canada. This new government understands the importance of strong families and will do everything we can to support Canadian families," said Minister Finley. "Families are a priority of this new government, and we recognize the diversity of their needs."

One of the long-standing needs of families is to have choice and flexibility when deciding what type of care is best for their child. To address these needs, the Government of Canada introduced Canada's new Universal Child Care Plan in the recent 2006 federal budget.

Canada's Universal Child Care Plan consists of two components: the Universal Child Care Benefit, which provides direct support of $100 per month to parents for each child under six years old; and the Child Care Spaces Initiative, which will create up to 25,000 new flexible spaces each year, beginning in 2007.

The Government of Canada also continues to provide support for families through the Canada Child Tax Benefit, the National Child Benefit Supplement and the Child Care Expense Deduction.

For additional information on Canada's new Universal Child Care Plan, please visit:

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Colleen Cameron
    Press Secretary
    (819) 994-2482
    Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations
    (819) 994-5559