Child-care fees falling 70 per cent in Saskatchewan on Sept. 1
The cost of child care for families with children under the age of six is coming down in Saskatchewan.
Starting Sept. 1, 2022, parent fees for regulated child care will be reduced by an average of 70 per cent compared to March 2021 levels, according to the province.
This is the second fee reduction announced this year. It’s part of a nearly $1.1 billion investment designed to transform child care in the province through 2026 in partnership with the federal government.
Parent fee reductions represent spending of $13.4 million over the last fiscal year and a total of $74 million for 2022-23, the province said.
“With this latest fee reduction, we are one step closer to our goal of $10-a-day child care by 2025-26.” Education Minister Dustin Duncan said.
“Fee reductions for regulated child care spaces is the latest way our government is putting more money back in the pockets of families across the province.”
There are approximately 16,000 regulated child care spaces for children under the age of six in Saskatchewan child care homes and centres.
With the Sept. 1 fee reduction, a family of an infant in full-time, regulated child care can expect to pay up to $550 less per month than they paid in January of 2022. This represents an average of 70 per cent reduction. Child care homes and centres set their own fees, meaning there is a range of fees families may pay, according to the province.
The province hopes to hit the $10 per day fee for regulated child-care spaces by March 2026.
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