Less than half of daycare spaces promised by Ottawa have been created ahead of 2026 deadline

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The launch of a new national daycare program fuelled high hopes among Canadian families three years ago, but new figures show Ottawa is still a long way from meeting its goal of offering affordable spaces to “all families who need it” by 2026.

Despite its budget of $30 billion over five years, the federal daycare program suffers from underfunding, according to analysts, stakeholders and the Ontario government.

They warn that, without additional investments, Ottawa’s plan to create 250,000 new places at an average cost of $10 per day by the end of March 2026 may not be feasible.

According to the most recent figures obtained

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