Balancing Quebec daycare costs not an easy task

Balancing Quebec daycare costs not an easy task

Main pic: Kids at daycare. Photo credit: Grant Barrett

Quebec City (Quebec) 06 November, 2014 – Keeping within the subject of budget cuts and restraint programs, it was leaked yesterday by Le Devoir newspaper that the government wants to modulate the cost of those $7 dollar daycare centres to better accommodate the incomes of its users. Right now the price is the same for all couples no matter what the total family income is.

The government wants to modify the user fees in conjunction with the annual net income of the family’s ability to pay. In other words, the more you make, the more you will have to pay to send your kids to that government subsidised daycare centre.

There are of course the skeptics, who contest the move, saying it contradicts the human rights code of the province stating equality for all, while others claim the move is totally acceptable and only makes sense.

Right now for example, someone making $500,000.00 a year pays the same amount as another family making only $50,000.00 a year, which to most people seems unfair. Places are limited at the daycare centres and at a universal cost, it’s no wonder the demand is high. With the new tariffs, the government hopes to rectify the attendance problem and reduce the costs of operation at the same time.

The new plan is to have a family with a net income of $75,000.00 a year or less pay $8 a day, for incomes between $75,000 and $100,000 to pay around $8 or $12, for those making $100,000 to $150,000 to pay $12 to $15, and finally for those making from $150,000 to $200,000 to pay up to $20 a day.

It is important to mention that in most of the other provinces in Canada it can cost $60 or more a day for the same service.

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