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Some N.S. Parents Will Get A Partial Refund For Child Care Costs – Gov’t Reducing Fees By 25%

Today, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau virtually joined Tim Houston, Premier of Nova Scotia to announce that regulated child care fees for Nova Scotia families will on average be reduced by 25 per cent. On average the savings equal $200 per month.

“Reducing the cost of child care by 25 per cent will make a real difference for families and caregivers of young children and Nova Scotians thinking about starting a family,” said Premier Tim Houston. “Cost can be a barrier to accessing quality child care and may prevent parents from joining or rejoining the workforce. Acting now to reduce fees will help provide relief as we move toward a 50 per cent, on average, reduction in fees by the end of the year.”

The fee decrease will begin April 1, 2022 and be retroactive to January 1, 2022. It will apply to parents with children up to six years old in regulated child care spaces.

Those parents with children in regulated childcare will continue to pay the current rate until April 1, when they will choose to receive either a cheque from their centre reflecting the reduction from January to March or a credit.

Today’s announcement comes as the first step in the plan to reduce child care fees for families by 50 percent by the end of 2022 and achieving an average $10 per day care by 2025-26.

“All families should have access to affordable child care. That is why we’re making $10–a–day child care a reality across the country. The reduction of fees announced today in Nova Scotia is an important step forward to delivering on our Canada-wide early learning and child care system, which will save families thousands of dollars each year, create jobs, grow the middle class, and give our kids the best start in life.”

Today it was also announced that a minimum of 1,500 new regulated child care spaces will be available to Nova Scotians starting this fall. The new spaces are part of the 9,500 new regulated spaces that both levels of government announced in July 2021.

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