OTTAWA — The New Democrats are proposing a national child-care program that NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says would cost no more than $15 a day per child.
Mulcair says an NDP government would work with the provinces to support or create a million child-care spaces over a period of eight years.
He says the program would be enshrined in law and have predictable, long-term financing.
The first step, to be brought in over four years, would fund 370,000 new spaces with an annual investment of $1.9 billion.
By the time the whole program is in place in eight years, the annual federal contribution would have increased by $5 billion, the party says.
Mulcair says the program will offer quality child care at an affordable price, with measurable benchmarks for judging success.
Ottawa bureau chief John Geddes was at the announcement. Watch the site for his analysis.