Care providers say Ottawa takes far too long to pay for health services for First Nations kids
Some health care providers say bureaucratic red tape at the federal level is holding up vital therapies for First Nations children, causing some kids to experience further developmental delays and leaving their businesses in financial distress. Several speech-language pathologists interviewed by CBC News said their clients are waiting six to 12 months for funding approvals from Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) to begin sessions under the Jordan's Principle policy.
© Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada The Ontario government says it is still negotiating with the federal government to sign a $10 a day child care deal. Now that Nunavut has struck a deal, Ontario is now the only jurisdiction in Canada that hasn't signed on.
Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca says it's "outrageous" that Ontario is the only jurisdiction in Canada not to sign on to the federal government's $10-a-day child-care program, now that Nunavut has struck a deal.
Del Duca said if he is elected in the June provincial election, he will make it happen. But he said Ontario Premier Doug Ford should sign a deal as soon as possible because it's urgent.
Drop in Nova Scotia child-care fees ahead of schedule under national program
HALIFAX — Child-care fees in Nova Scotia will drop by an average of 25 per cent, retroactive to Jan. 1, which is ahead of schedule under the agreement signed last summer between the province and the federal government. The early cut in fees will save parents an average of $200 a month for a toddler in care, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Tim Houston said during a virtual news conference on Friday. In July, Nova Scotia became the second province to sign onto the federal Liberals' early learning and child-care agreement, the goal of which is to gradually lower the cost of child care to $10 a day on average by 2026.
"I think it's outrageous that here in Ontario we see that Doug Ford stubbornly refuses to get a deal done with the federal government to deliver a universal licensed $10-a-day child care system for Ontario's families," Del Duca said.
He said it's "brutal" that Ford "doesn't want to give our youngest the very best start in life apparently and brutal that he doesn't want to give hard-working Ontario families a much needed cost of living break." A deal would make a huge difference to parents, he said.
"It's just deeply, deeply discouraging that he is just completely missing in action on this."
Del Duca made the statements after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a $66-million child-care deal over five years Monday with Nunavut Premier P.J. Akeeagok.
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"This funding will bolster Nunavut's sector and provide a significant investment in our children and our families," Akeeagok said.
Trudeau said the agreement means Nunavut's daycare fees will be cut in half by the end of this year and will be $10 a day by March 2024. He said the estimated savings for families in Iqaluit, the Nunavut capital, will be about $14,000 a year.
The deal is part of the Liberal government's promise to spend $30 billion over five years to realize a national child-care program and cut fees to $10 a day over five years.
'Ford is not here for working parents,' NDP says
Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and and NDP child-care critic Bhutila Karpoche said in a statement on Monday that Ford is costing working families hundreds of dollars monthly by refusing to sign onto the deal.
"Families in Ontario continue to be crushed by Ontario's massive child-care fees. The price of everything continues to climb, and parents in Ontario are forced to pay our province's staggering, mortgage-level fees," they said.
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"Doug Ford's refusal to make parents and young families a priority means that parents are paying $2,000 a month or more in fees while families in every other jurisdiction in the country are paying as low as $10-a-day," they continued.
"Ford is not here for working parents, and they're paying the price for that, literally."
Trudeau said Ottawa has been ready to sign a deal with Ontario for "many, many months now" and is still optimistic an agreement can be reached.
"We're all just waiting on the government of Ontario."
Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce said on Monday the provincial government is still working to get a deal that the province considers fiscally sustainable and fair for families. Negotiations are continuing this week, he added.
"We've been working very hard to get a fair deal for Ontario families because we know child care is too expensive. It is inaccessible to too many families in Ontario. That is just simply unacceptable," Lecce said.
"We're at the table and we have been for months with the federal government, urging them for a longer term investment, an increased investment and more flexibility to support all families in how they raise their children, be it in not-for-profit child care or independent child care."
Canada’s new national long-term care standards released. Here’s what is different .
A draft of updated recommendations to improve care provided by nursing homes was unveiled Thursday and will now undergo a 60-day public review. New national standards have been released to improve Canada’s long-term care facilities, where residents and staff have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic.