Premier Brad Wall today committed to create 2,000 new licensed child care spaces in Saskatchewan over the next four years if his party is re-elected on November 7th.
Over the last four years, the Saskatchewan Party government has allocated funding for the development of 3,435 childcare spaces - a 35 per cent increase since 2007. In fact, the Saskatchewan Party government created more licensed child care spaces in four years than the NDP government did over 16 years. On-campus child care spaces have increased by 30 per cent since 2007.
"The Saskatchewan Party is committed to building on this record and creating even more licensed spaces for Saskatchewan children over the next four years," Wall said. "This is one of the best things we can do to help young working families in a growing province."
The creation of another 2,000 child care spaces over the next four years will bring the total number of licensed child care spaces created by a Saskatchewan Party government to over 5,400 -- or over a third of the 14,740 child care spaces in Saskatchewan that will be in place by 2015.
Wall said a Saskatchewan Party government will continue to work with school boards, community organizations and post-secondary institutions in the allocation of child care spaces.
The incremental operating cost of 2,000 new spaces over the next four years is $1.9 million in year one, $3.8 million in year two, $5.7 million in year three and $7.6 million in year four. This cost is included in the Saskatchewan Party platform.
"Creating more child care spaces for young families in Saskatchewan – it's part of our plan for moving Saskatchewan forward."