(April 18, 2023) — Danielle Smith announced a re-elected United Conservative government will ensure all Albertans have access to $10-a-day daycare by 2026. In 2021, the United Conservative government negotiated an agreement with the federal government that provides families with affordable, high-quality childcare through a mix of private and non-profit childcare spaces.
The United Conservative Party is committed to this made-in-Alberta childcare agreement that will invest $3.8 billion over five years in Alberta’s childcare system. This investment means Alberta parents will continue to have the ability to choose the best childcare option and provider for their families at an affordable price of $10-a-day. The childcare agreement has already reduced fees for Alberta parents by half to an average of close to $15-a-day and has created 11,063 new spaces across the province. And parents can look forward to the creation of another 15,500 spaces this year alone.
“Childcare is not a one-size fits-all solution. That’s why I’m so proud that our United Conservative government negotiated a deal with the federal government that makes the most sense for Alberta families. Our mixed-market childcare system will continue to empower Alberta parents with the choice and flexibility they need to participate in the workforce. We are well on our way to creating 68,700 new childcare spaces at $10-a-day, and today I am committing that a re-elected United Conservative government will continue that work and reach our goals by 2026.”
- Danielle Smith, Leader of the United Conservative Party
Alberta’s economy is growing and diversifying thanks to United Conservative policies, and that means more jobs and more opportunities for Albertans. The United Conservative Party’s focus on moving Alberta forward will help provide all Albertans with the ability to take hold of those opportunities.
The commitment to $10-a-day daycare will break down barriers for women and families, and provide every Alberta parent with the opportunities they are looking for, both for their families and in their careers. This is a crucial part of the United Conservative Party’s responsible plan for economic growth and prosperity.
“Women and families shouldn’t have to choose between a family or a career. Access to reliable, accessible, and affordable childcare ensures they won’t have to. Our United Conservative Party is here to support Alberta women and parents as they make the best decisions for their families. Ensuring they have access to $10 a day daycare is just one way we are doing that.”
- Danielle Smith Leader of the United Conservative Party