In Saskatchewan, virtually all child care centres are not-for-profit. The Ministry of Education is responsible for childcare, kindergarten, and pre-kindergarten services, and, the Ministry of Social Services is responsible for the Child Care Fee Subsidy Program, which helps families offset the cost of licensed child care. These range from $330 to $570 per month. (1)
In 2012, Saskatchewan was spending an average of $389 per child aged 0 to 12, whereas the national average* was $528. It also spend an average of $5104 per child-care space, compared to the national average* of $3513.
In 2010, Saskatchewan had a caregiver-to-child ratio of 1:3 for children under one year of age, compared to the national average* of 1:4. For children aged five and under, this ratio was 1:10, which matches the national average. (2)
*All figures for the national average exclude Quebec, which implemented a universal $7/day childcare policy and is an outlier in terms of most child care measures.