Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

July 10, 2007 11:45 ET

Canada's New Government Celebrates Giving Parents Greater Choice in Child Care

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - July 10, 2007) - Canada's New Government made a commitment to support Canadian families and give them real choice in child care, and it is delivering on that promise. Since launching the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) in July 2006, the Government has provided 1.5 million Canadian families with monthly UCCB cheques of $100 for every child under six years old.

Today, the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Canada, was joined by local families at the West Portage YMCA-YWCA in Winnipeg, to celebrate one year of giving Canadian families choice in child care.

"Since July 2006, Canada's New Government has been providing families with $100 per month - up to $1,200 a year - for each child under the age of six to help cover the costs of whichever form of childcare they choose," said Minister Solberg. "When it comes to raising children, we know that every family has it own needs. We think parents know what is best for their families based on their own circumstances. Our Universal Child Care Plan puts parents in charge."

"Based on our extensive experience in child care programming over several decades, we believe it is important for all parents to have access to a mix of quality child care choices," said Dave Young, Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg that hosted the event. "Families tell us that the most important thing about YMCA-YWCA child care is that the centre is supportive of the families and their children."

The Universal Child Care Benefit is the first part of Canada's Universal Child Care Plan, which helps families balance work and home responsibilities. The second part, introduced in Budget 2007, is the provision of an additional $250 million per year to provinces and territories to create new child care spaces. Different provinces, like different families, face unique challenges when it comes to child care. This new transfer is in addition to other transfers to the provinces and territories for early childhood development and early learning and child care. All told, each year, the federal government will transfer $1.1 billion to the provinces and territories in support of families with children, and this amount will grow to $1.3 billion by 2013-2014.

Also in Budget 2007, a new investment tax credit of up to 25 per cent will go to businesses that create new child care spaces for the children of their employees, for up to $10,000 per space created. In addition, Canada's New Government has introduced a new $2,000 Child Tax Credit that will provide up to $310 for parents of children under age 18.

For more information and to subscribe to the Universal Child Care Plan electronic newsletter, please visit www.universalchildcare.ca.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.


BACKGROUNDER



UNIVERSAL CHILD CARE BENEFIT (UCCB)

BY THE NUMBERS

Number of months the UCCB has gone out to Canada's families: 12

Next UCCB payment (no. 13): July 20, 2007

Amount of money per family per month: $100 per month
per child
under six

Amount of money per family per year: up to $1200 a
year for each
child under
six

Amount of UCCB sent out each month: $200 million

Amount of UCCB sent out each year: $2.4 billion

Number of families receiving the benefit: 1.5 million

Number of children benefiting from the UCCB: 2 million


Canada's Universal Child Care Plan

Canada's New Government is committed to helping parents balance work and family life, and providing them with real choices in deciding what is best for their children. That is why, in 2007-2008, Canada's New Government will provide nearly $5.6 billion in support of early learning and child care through transfers, direct spending and tax measures.

Canada's New Government provides support for families through the Universal Child Care Plan, which helps families balance work and family as they see fit - regardless of where they live, their circumstances or their preferences. The Plan has two parts: direct support to families through the Universal Child Care Benefit; and transfers to provinces and territories and a new investment tax credit for businesses for the creation of child care spaces.

Universal Child Care Benefit

The Universal Child Care Benefit provides $100 per month for each child under six. All families with young children receive the benefit, which they can use for child care costs - whatever they may be. The benefit puts choice for child care where it belongs - in the hands of parents - and allows them to choose the option that best suits their family's needs.

The Universal Child Care Benefit provides 1.5 million Canadian families with $2.4 billion annually in addition to other supports including the new Child Tax Credit, the Child Care Expense Deduction and the Canada Child Tax Benefit.

To apply for the Benefit, please visit http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/benefits/uccb/menu-e.html. Payments can be received retroactively for up to 11 months from when parents apply.

Child Care Spaces

Canada's New Government is committed to helping parents balance child care and work responsibilities with investments in new child care spaces.

In Budget 2007 the Government of Canada committed to transferring $250 million per year to the provinces and territories, beginning in 2007-2008, to support the creation of child care spaces. This is in addition to other transfers to the provinces and territories for early childhood development and early learning and child care. All told, federal transfers to the provinces and territories in support of families with children total $1.1 billion this year, and will grow to almost $1.3 billion by 2013-2014.

Budget 2007 also provides a 25 per cent investment tax credit to businesses that create new child care spaces for their employees, to a maximum of $10,000 per space created. In addition, Canada's New Government introduced the new $2,000 Child Tax Credit, which will provide up to $310 for parents of children under 18.

For more information about the Universal Child Care Plan, please visit www.universalchildcare.ca

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Solberg
    Pema Lhalungpa
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559