50 New Portable Childcare Spaces for Nova Scotians

first_imgCOMMUNITY SERVICES–50 New, Portable Child-care Spaces for NovaScotians More Nova Scotians will have access to help with their child-carecosts thanks to 50 new, subsidized child-care spaces announcedtoday, Oct. 28, by Community Services Minister David Morse. The minister made the announcement at the Nova Scotia CommunityCollege, Akerley Campus Child Care Centre, a centre for students,staff and community members that was recently enhanced withsupport from the Early Childhood Development Initiative(ECDI). “Quality child care is an essential part of Nova Scotia’s EarlyChildhood Development Initiative,” said Mr. Morse. “These 50 new,portable, child-care spaces, combined with the ECDI’s otherbeneficial and important programs, such as child-care resourceand referral centres, were created to enhance the support forfamilies across the province.” A portable space means a family can choose to use any licensedchild-care centre that provides full-day services. Parents cantake the subsidy with them if they move to another area of theprovince. These spaces are designated for children up to 12 yearsof age and are being distributed in areas across the province.There are now more than 2,700 subsidized spaces in Nova Scotia. “Through the Early Childhood Development Initiative, we arefocusing on family and parenting supports, healthy pregnancies,births and infancy, and enhanced learning and care for childrenso we can enrich opportunities for healthy development,” said theminister. “We, at St. Joseph’s College of Early Childhood Education, aredelighted to hear about the new subsidy spaces being madeavailable for the children of Nova Scotia,” said Jane Cawley,executive director, St. Joseph’s College of Early ChildhoodEducation. “This is a positive step towards the goal of providingquality child care to all families who need it.” The Early Childhood Development Initiative is a jointly fundedprogram that was developed through the federal-provincial-territorial Agreement on Early Childhood Development. InSeptember 2000, the federal, provincial and territorialgovernments committed to improve and expand early childhooddevelopment supports and services. The province of Nova Scotiahas already invested more than $12 million in the Early ChildhoodDevelopment Initiative.last_img read more

While Torontos housing market melts down Montreals sizzles

Montreal’s hot real estate market continued to sizzle last month with record August sales and rising prices.The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board says booming condo sales drove an eight per cent increase in residential sales across the Montreal region.There were 2,899 sales, with condo transactions surging 19 per cent. Single-family homes that account for more than half of sales rose four per cent.The Island of Montreal led the way with a 12 per cent rise in sales.Paul Cardinal of the Quebec Federation of Real Estate Boards attributed the continued gains to strong job creation, consumer confidence and foreign migration.He also said buyers were fast-tracking purchases to beat an expected interest rate hike, which was announced Wednesday.Sales have increased each of the last 30 months, except July 2016 when there were unchanged. The last monthly drop in sales took place in February 2015.That’s far different than in Toronto, where sales of detached, semi-detached, condos and townhouses fell between 25.7 and 41.6 per cent in August.The average sales price in the Greater Toronto Area dropped for a fourth-straight month, falling 1.8 per cent to $732,292.In Greater Vancouver, home sales surged 22.3 per cent while the composite benchmark price was up 9.4 per cent to $1,029,700.Both Toronto and Vancouver have implemented a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers in attempts to quell rising home prices.Montreal remains a relative bargain even though the average real estate price increased 4.1 per cent to $374,333 in AugustOne possible area of weakness was a slowdown in the purchase of homes over $500,000. They grew 14 per cent, down from 57 per cent in July. read more