Quebec day care centres are forced to spend their reserve funds

Quebec day care centres are forced to spend their reserve funds – Child & Family

MONTREAL — “That’s our money, public money”, Quebec’s Minister for Family Welfare Carole Theberge told a provincial Liberal Pary meeting that the non-profit day care centres would have to spend their reserves to make up for the $25 million reduction for day care over the next few years. “A lot of money was just sleeping there and day-care spaces could have been developed with that money”, she added.

These decisions were made without consultation with the Association quebecoise des centres de la petite enfance and any of its member non-profit, day care centres. Association president Helene Potvin says the reserve funds were set aside for building repairs and improvements. Each centre receives between $200,000 and $300,000 per centre for their operating cost.

The government recently implemented a new provincial fee schedule raising charges from $5-dollars per day to $10. The Liberal government does not intended to maintain the universal aspect of the program. “The reduced price will not be there for everybody,” Theberge a told a news conference.

She did not answer reporters’ questions whether any new money for day care would be given back to the public day-care centres or channelled into private day care. However, the Charest government does not intended to maintain the universal aspect of the program.

“The reduced price will not be there for everybody,” said junior family minister Carole Theberge at a news conference during the Liberal Party meeting.

About 168,000 Quebec children take part in the $1.3-billion day-care program. Premier Jean Charest’s government is reviewing the program to consider the rising costs and waiting lists of up to three years.

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