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The Canadian federal election of 2021 (officially the 44th Canadian general election) took place on September 20, 2021, and elected members of the House of Commons to Canada’s 44th Parliament. The Liberal Party, led by outgoing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, won 160 seats, forming a second consecutive minority government.

The Trudeau government had originally made 569 promises in its 2021 campaign platform and press releases. This number was reduced to 352 by an extensive, multi-coder process of sorting promises according to their degree of precision and importance to society. Unclear and less important promises were removed from the analysis.

For an analysis of the achievements of Justin Trudeau’s first government (2015-2019), see Birch and Pétry (2019), Assessing Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government. 353 promises and a mandate for change, published by Les Presses de l’Université Laval.

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Promise History

3.06.18 - “A re-elected Liberal government will […] [r]educe fees for child care by 50% in the next year.”

Published: Nov 2021
Partially kept

“The federal government has slightly more than two years left to create another 153,000 spaces and reduce their average cost to $10 a day in all provinces outside of Quebec, which already has a similar system in place. Labour shortages and high inflation have made the target harder to reach, experts say.””

Partially kept

“Canada is making solid progress in offering more affordable child care. Of 32 cities in jurisdictions agreeing to the federal target of reducing fees by 50 per cent, more than half (18) achieved the target. Between one-fifth and one quarter of the 32 cities, depending on the age group, reduced child care fees by between 40 per cent to 47 per cent—close to target.”

Partially kept

“In almost half of provinces and territories, we have already reached our goal of delivering $10-a-day child care for families – three years ahead of schedule. In all other provinces and territories, fees have been cut by at least half, and we are on track to achieve $10-a-day child care by 2026.”

Partially kept

“This will contribute to the fulfillment of the promise, but the year indicated for its realization has already passed”

“Conservative members of Parliament joined other parties to vote in favour of a bill that enshrines the federal government’s long-term commitment to a Canada-wide early learning and child-care system. […] The bill also has to pass in the Senate before it can become law.”

Partially kept

“Since 2015, the federal government’s focus has been investing in the middle class, growing the economy, strengthening Canada’s social safety net, and making life more affordable for Canadians. // These have included: // Reducing fees for regulated child care by 50 per cent on average, delivering regulated child care that costs an average of just $10-a-day by 2026—with six provinces and territories reducing child care fees to $10-a-day or less by April 2, 2023—and strengthening the child care system in Quebec with more child care spaces; // By April 2, 2023, six provinces and territories will be providing regulated child care for an average of just $10-a-day or less—significantly ahead of schedule. All other provinces and territories remain on track to achieve $10-a-day child care by 2026. In Quebec, federal investments are continuing to make the existing child care system more accessible through the creation of new spaces.”

Partially kept

“effective December 31, 2022, fees for families with children under the age of 6 at licensed child care operators in Ontario that have enrolled in the Canada-wide early learning and child care system will be reduced by an average of 50% across the province, compared to 2020 levels.”

Partially kept

A 50% reduction in child care costs was not achieved across Canada. In addition, not all reductions were achieved in the first year of the mandate.

“Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, Alberta, British Columbia,Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have announced licensed child care fee reductions // Ontario and Nunavut are on track to reduce fees for parents with children in licensed child care by 50 per cent on average by the end of 2022.”

In progress

“In less than a year, the federal government reached agreements with all 13 provinces and territories. This means, by the end of 2022, that Canadian families will have seen their child care fees reduced by an average of 50 per cent. By 2025-26, it will mean an average child care fee of $10-a-day for all regulated child care spaces across Canada. Most provinces and territories are also moving ahead with faster than anticipated initiatives to support access to affordable high-quality child care spaces (Figure 4.1).”

In progress

“Fees are already being slashed across the country. By the end of this year, they will be reduced by an average of 50 per cent. // And by 2025-26, child care will average just $10-a-day, from coast-tocoast-to-coast.”

Partially kept

“child care fees for Northwest Territories families with children under six years of age will be reduced by an average of 50%, retroactive to January 1, 2022.”

Partially kept

“Child care fees will be cut in half starting February 1 in Saskatchewan. The reduction, which was to be in place by the end of 2022, is coming into effect earlier than expected […]” (Translation)”

Partially kept

“child care fees for families in Nova Scotia will be reduced by 25 per cent on average, saving them on average $200 per month. The fee decrease will begin as of April 1, 2022, and be retroactive to January 1, 2022. […] Today’s announcement is an initial step in reducing child care fees for Nova Scotian families by 50 per cent by the end of 2022, and achieving an average of $10‑a‑day care by 2025-26.”

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Published: Nov 2021

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