Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

November 20, 2007 12:46 ET

The Honourable Monte Solberg Recognizes National Child Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 20, 2007) - On November 20th of each year, Canadians celebrate National Child Day. Children and families are a priority of this government, and as Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, I encourage Canadians across the country to celebrate.

It is fitting that this year's theme is "I have the right to be active!" because our government introduced the country's first Children's Fitness Tax Credit to help parents with the costs of enrolling their children in physical activities. This Tax Credit is meant to promote a lifetime of healthy, active living among children.

To help with the costs of raising their children, our government introduced the Universal Child Care Benefit, which provides $100 per month-up to $1,200 per year, for each child under the age of 6. We have also introduced a new $2,000 Child Tax Credit, which will provide up to $300 in tax savings for each child under the age of 18.

We are transferring $250 million each year to the provinces and territories to support their priorities for child care spaces. This is in addition to the funding that they receive through the Canada Social Transfer for children's programs and services. Since Budget 2007, many provinces and territories have announced plans for new child care spaces-over 32,000 so far. Others are investing in enhancing the quality of their spaces, or making child care more affordable for families.

I invite Canadians to take time today to celebrate National Child Day.

Monte Solberg, P.C., M.P.

Minister of Human Resources and Social Development

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