Alberta is raising the income threshold for families eligible for subsidized daycare, meaning more families will be able to receive subsidies for child care starting April 1.
Budget measures announced earlier this month mean that about 9,000 families will receive new or increased funding to help offset the cost of accessing quality child care, said Dave Hancock, Minister of Human Services.
"Making child care more affordable will make a meaningful difference for working parents," said Premier Alison Redford.
On April 1, the household income that qualifies families to receive maximum subsidy will increase from $35,100 to $50,000, meaning that 26,000 subsidies will go to low-income and middle-income families in 2012-13.
"Access to affordable quality child care is a priority for working parents; and we will continue working with the child care community to look for innovative ways to increase the number of licensed and approved spaces across the province as we go forward," said Hancock.
The changes mean that more than 4,000 families currently receiving a child care subsidy will see an increase to their subsidy rate; with 3,200 of them going to maximum subsidy. And about 5,000 new families will apply and be approved for subsidy in 2012-13, the government said.
Currently, a one-parent family with a household income of $50,000 and a three-year-old in day care qualifies for a $132 per month subsidy to help with the cost of child care. Effective April 1, this same family will qualify for $546 a month, an increase of $414 monthly.