In November, 2016 the NDP in Alberta announced a $10-million pilot program offering $25-per-day daycare. The pilot is set to last three years, with the overall goal of expanding the pilot across the province.
Originally the pilot was to include 18 centers, but that was later expanded to 22. Centres selected for the pilot project are spread across rural and urban areas and include locations such as hospitals and public buildings.
The government estimates this pilot program will create over 1,200 licensed child care spaces, while creating about 120 jobs, and allowing 357 Albertans to enter the workforce.
Further, this pilot is also assessing child care for parents who work shifts or part-time.