Liberals to index daycare fees

The Couillard government is confirming that daycare fees will increase at the rate of inflation.

It announced today it will cancel the previous PQ government's plan that would have seen fees for $7-a-day daycare jump to $8 this coming September, and up to $9 in September 2015.

Finance minister Carlos Leitao says that would have been too much of a shock for parents.

"For people with two kids, that would have meant a thousand dollars [a year] more," Leitao says. "We think that's a serious shock...and considering that the middle class is taxed enough already...we couldn't do it."

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  1. Pierrefonds Guy posted on 04/30/2014 05:28 PM
    would it not be a better idea to index what you pay, according to your income ( the combined income of your entire household) ?
  2. ripped off middle class posted on 04/30/2014 06:55 PM
    How about making sure that only people who truly need the help qualify for the $7/day spots, instead of the lottery system we have now. But no, thats too obvious and simple to consider, lets continue subsidizing the bmw drivers, im sure they need the daycare spots more than the single moms...
  3. Sam posted on 04/30/2014 10:36 PM
    Of course they don't mention that the amount the government increases it by, is also the amount that daycare workers like myself will have their subventions cut. I won't be making anymore money than before (unless a new collective agreement is signed in the near future with the government). I still believe that the amount the parents pay for daycare should be based on their annual income. They could still pay the $7 to the daycare and when their taxes are filed, depending on their family revenue, the government could claim money back from those making over a specific amount. The rich only get richer and the poor stay poor :(
  4. Paul posted on 05/01/2014 06:10 AM
    So if inflation is at 1%, the cost will go from $7 a day to $7 and 7 cents a day?
    How is this going to help to balance the budget?
    1. Mico posted on 05/02/2014 05:44 PM
      @Paul It will help finance the program.
  5. joeN posted on 05/01/2014 08:32 AM
    The $7 a day daycare is unrealistic and should be removed and replaced with credits to be applied by families that would qualify based on total family income. Like everything else the government gets involved in, it creates a bigger mess. At the same time the new government should also increase tuition now rather than later in their 4 year term. Everyone has to be realistic and come to the realization we can no longer afford these nice to have items.
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