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Trudeau’s $24 Billion Child-Care Program Wins Over Final Holdout

  • Canadian leader hails ‘historic’ deal after Ontario signs on
  • But critics worry agreement could leave provinces on the hook
Justin Trudeau.
Justin Trudeau.Photographer: David Kawai/Bloomberg

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has secured the final piece of an ambitious but expensive legacy project as Canada’s largest province signed onto a federal child care program after nearly a year of negotiations.

Ontario agreed Monday to join a C$30 billion ($24 billion) program that seeks to slash the cost of care to just C$10 a day over the next five years, from upwards of C$90 currently, alleviating a significant financial burden for many young parents. Noting that every province and territory has now signed on, Trudeau hailed the deal as “a historic moment” for Canadians needing affordable child care. He also said it would boost the country’s economy.