Parents paying more for child-care in most Canadian cities: Study

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Most of Canada’s biggest cities saw significant rises in daycare costs in 2018.

A new study, conducted by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, found parents in 61 per cent of the country’s 28 largest cities faced child-care costs that rose above the rate of inflation last year.

The survey showed Toronto had the most expensive median monthly costs at $1,675. This is almost ten times what parents pay in Montreal, where there is a universal child-care plan.

However, not all Canadians have been paying higher fees. Newfoundland’s provincial government introduced a new set-fee system that saw median preschool fees drop in St. John’s by 13 per cent in 2018.

Provincial governments in Alberta and British Columbia also introduced new policies last year to tackle high daycare costs.