November 16, 2016 12:49 pm

Wildrose questions Alberta government’s $25-a-day daycare pilot project

Children playing in a Calgary daycare

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The Opposition Wildrose party is questioning the viability of an Alberta government plan to create one-thousand affordable daycare spaces next year with a maximum daily fee of $25 a child.

The province is inviting non-profit organizations to apply for grants to develop and operate 18 new licensed Early Learning and Child Care Centres that are to offer more flexible hours than existing daycares.

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Wildrose human services critic Angela Pitt said her party will be watching carefully to see if the program can provide sustainable, broad-based support for families.

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Premier Rachel Notley expects demand for the one-thousand spaces will eventually outstrip the supply.

© 2016 The Canadian Press

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