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Daycares at $10: the provinces knew, replies Ottawa

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Federal Minister of Families and Children, Jenna Sudds (left), defends Ottawa's $10 daycare program. (Archive photo)

The Canadian Press

Federal Families Minister Jenna Sudds says provinces and territories signed $10-a-day child care agreements with Ottawa “with eyes wide open,” and the federal government is x27;now expects them to make the program work.

The minister's comments come as some daycare operators Ontario and Alberta warn they could withdraw from the program, or even be forced to close altogether, if they don't get more operating funds.

The federal Liberals have budgeted $30 billion over five years to phase in the child care program, with the goal of creating thousands of spaces at $10 per day by 2026.

Each province and territory signed an agreement with Ottawa to manage the program in exchange for federal money to help fund it.

Federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said this is a significant amount of money and that Ottawa remains committed to ensuring that child care of children are working.

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Ms. Freeland did not open the door to providing more funds.

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