GATINEAU, QC, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Candice
Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, issued the following
statement to mark National Child Day:
"Our government believes that families are the building blocks of our
society and that one of the most important investments that we can make
as a country is to help families with the costs of raising their
children. We also recognize that every family is unique and that a
one-size-fits-all model of institutionalized daycare does not provide
support to the majority of Canadian parents.
We fundamentally believe that parents know what is best for their
children, not government bureaucracies. That is why our government
proudly created the Universal Child Care Benefit, which provides
Canadian families $100 a month for every child under the age of six.
The Universal Child Care Benefit has helped over 2 million children
annually and has lifted over 41 000 children out of poverty.
Our government will continue to respect parents and provide them with
direct support to make the best child care decisions for their own
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information:
A/Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State for Social Development