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Auditor General identifies weaknesses in childcare grants and subsidies

November 30, 2016


For immediate release.

HALIFAX – Today, the Auditor General echoed concerns from the Nova Scotia Review of Regulated Child Care that grants to child care centres and subsidies to parents are not meeting their objectives. In the Spring, the Liberal government announced an additional $6.6. million for these two programs.

The Auditor General found nine instances in the 30 centres that were audited where the wage allocations from the early childhood education enhancement grant “appear to be inconsistent with the spirit of the terms and conditions of the grant.” The Auditor General also highlighted that the government does not have any criteria for determining whether its programs are making child care affordable and accessible.

“Adding more money to a flawed program, does not address the core issues,” said NDP Education and Early Childhood Development Critic Lenore Zann. “While investments are always welcome in early childhood education, today’s report shows that tinkering with a patchwork approach to child care is not the path to high quality, affordable child care.”

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For more information, contact Kaley Kennedy at 902-229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca.