Nannygate: Are taxpayers really getting a raw deal?

It costs more to send one kid to daycare

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Whatever your opinion about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s taxpayer-funded live-in nannies (yes, that’s two nannies—one for day and night) it’s interesting to consider how much we as taxpayers are paying to help raise Xavier James (8), Ella-Grace Margaret (6) and Hadrien (1) compared to what average Canadians are paying for their own childcare these days.

The pair, considered special assistants under the Official Residences Act, have been hired for $15 to $20 per hour during the day and $11 to $13 at night to help look after all three young children, according to reports. When you average that out, it’s roughly $4.92 per child per hour, considerably less than the $5.78 Ontario parents shell out at municipality-run daycares per toddler-aged child. Private, licensed daycares cost slightly less while rates drop further for unlicensed options.

So while it appears taxpayers may be getting a discount on the Trudeau’s childcare, the question of course remains: Should we be paying at all?

How to find and pay for child care »

Average monthly fees for full-day daycare by age group


Province Infants Toddlers Pre-schoolers
Province (0 to 18 months) (18 to 30 months) (30 months to kindergarten age)
AB $900 $561 $535
BC $1047 $907 $761
MB $631 $431 $431
NB $740 $653 $620
NS $825 $694 $685
ON $1152 $925 $835
PEI $696 $566 $544
QC $152 $152 $152
SK $650 $561 $535
NT $900 n/a $600
NU $650 n/a $650
YT $690 $630 $600

Source: Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada, 2012

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