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Ottawa signals plans to create Canada-wide child care system, collect digital sales taxes



Chrystia Freeland et al. standing around a table: Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland gets a fist bump from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after delivering the 2020 fiscal update in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020.


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Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland gets a fist bump from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after delivering the 2020 fiscal update in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Monday the first steps in a multi-year plan to build a Canada-wide child-care system to reduce costs for families and encourage more women with kids to join the workforce.

To pay for this proposed program — and to collect more revenue to cover a ballooning budget deficit — Freeland also unveiled the government’s plan to levy sales taxes on digital companies.

Freeland said the government will create a new federal secretariat on early learning and child care that will work with the provinces and territories to design a new national system modelled on the one already in place in Quebec, where parents have access to