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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The Trudeau government had originally made 569 promises in its 2021 campaign platform and press releases.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

3.06.19 - “A re-elected Liberal government will […] [b]uild 250,000 new high-quality child care spaces.”

Published: Nov 2021
In progress

“The Higgs government says it needs to renegotiate its 2022 child-care agreement with the federal government to address a long wait list for spaces in the province. // Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Bill Hogan wants more flexibility to allocate some funding to for-profit daycares that would become eligible for subsidized spaces under the deal.”

In progress

The government states that it intends to create 250,000 new childcare spaces. These new spaces will make childcare more affordable for some families, helping to create “high-quality childcare services”.

“Through the Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care agreements, we aim to create 250,000 new child care spaces across the country by March 2026 to give families more affordable child care options for their children.”

In progress

“Through the Canada–Manitoba Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement, Canada and Manitoba are investing $94 million toward developing new, regulated, non-profit infant and preschool child care spaces in higher-need communities. The two phases of the Ready-to-Move child care project are expected to create 1,670 new child care spaces in 20 rural and three First Nations communities. Current Ready-to-Move projects were chosen through expressions of interest open to the public.”

In progress

“The province is promising more than $178 million in 2023 as part of the Canada-wide early learning and child care system. // Lecce says nearly 3,000 child care spaces will be created in Ottawa by 2026. The spaces will be made available for children ages 5 and under, but it comes as the industry deals with a staffing crunch.”

In progress

“The deal, officially called the Canada-Alberta Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement (ACELCC), is expected to save parents between $450 and $635 per month for each child receiving full-time care. […] As many as 1,600 private spaces “may be eligible for funding almost immediately,” the Alberta government said, with another 2,000 eligible once licensing requirements are complete.”

In progress

“Through the Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care agreements, the Government of Canada aims to create 250,000 new child care spaces across the country by March 2026 to give families more affordable child care options for their children.”

In progress

“More families in B.C. will save thousands of dollars per year as more than 1,370 more child care spaces convert to the $10 a Day ChildCareBC program. // These spaces will help make life more affordable and help build high-quality, affordable, accessible child care as a core service in B.C.”

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Through Budget 2022, the government promised that, starting in 2023-2024, it would provide $625 million through Employment and Social Development Canada. However, the government does not seem to have kept its promise to provide this amount to create new childcare spaces.

“Thursday’s budget indicates that, starting in 2023-2024, the federal government will provide $625 million over four years to Employment and Social Development Canada to help the provinces and territories invest in their childcare centres, including the creation of new spaces.” (Traduction)”

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Published: Nov 2021

Reference Documents

“Consult this page to follow bilateral agreements.”

“The Child Care Expansion Loan Program will offer $1 billion in low-cost loans and $60 million in non-repayable contributions to public and notfor-profit child care providers to build more child care spaces and renovate their existing child care centres.”


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“The heart of the paper was the outlining of 10 areas or parameters each of which needed to be considered in discussing quality and assessing the quality of a service. […] The ten areas or parameters were: 1. Ease of Access and flexibility of Usage; // 2. Physical Environment, and in particular the extent to which it promotes health and safety, aesthetic and intellectual pleasure and stimulation; 3. Range of Learning Activities; // 4. Relationships, between children, between children and workers and between workers; // 5. Role of Parents, and in particular the ways in which their views are understood and reflected; // 6. The extent to which the service was part of the Local Community; // 7. Valuing the Diversity of children, particularly in relation to race, gender and disability; // 8. Assessment and review of children and their progress, and the availability of special help; // 9. Cost benefits and financial control (good value for money); // 10. Ethos, and the coherence of all aspects of the service.”

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