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Universal daycare to cost more for high-income families: report

11/05/2014 01:58 EST | Updated 01/05/2015 05:59 EST
The Quebec government is neither confirming nor denying a report that it’s considering a plan to put an end to universal daycare as it exists now.

Le Devoir is reporting the government is planning to charge families who earn more to pay more for daycare services. It says the information comes from an internal cabinet document.

The report says Quebec parents whose children go to subsidized daycare could see a hike in fees, starting this Spring.

It says the government wants to increase the base fee from $7.30 per day to $8 per day. As well, higher income families would also pay more. Families making more than $75,000 per year would be charged an extra fee. The wealthiest households could pay up to $20 per day.

Couillard evades answering

When asked Wednesday morning in the National Assembly, Quebec premier Philippe Couillard wouldn’t confirm or deny Le Devoir’s report.

He said he will “ensure that it will be fair and equitable for all people, according to their income.”

“We will have the opportunity to discuss details during deliberations,” he said.

Charbonneau says the Le Devoir report is based on speculation and that no final decision has been made.

She says several scenarios are on the table to strengthen the system.

The opposition parties say increasing fees would hurt Quebec families.

The Quebec Association of Subsidized Daycares has already said it will plan protests to oppose the changes.

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