Manitoba premier promises more child-care spaces, lower fees

WINNIPEG -- Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger is promising more child-care spaces and lower fees if his NDP government is re-elected on April 19.

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Selinger says he will also act on an advisory panel report that calls for greater access to early childhood education.

The premier says he would phase out the minimum $2-a-day fee for low-income earners and boost subsidies for other families.

He is also promising a new minimum-wage scale for child-care workers and to look at requiring schools to offer before- and after-school care.

The announcement is one of dozens being made by the NDP government in advance of the election.

Under provincial law, the government must stop such announcements next Tuesday, although political parties can continue to make promises.

Selinger's promises are part of a long-term, previously announced plan to add 12,000 child-care spaces across the province.



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