More than 58 per cent of families in the province reported difficulty finding child care in 2023 compared to 46.5 per cent in 2019.
Price control means child-care operators are unable to raise fees to reflect the increased cost of doing business.
Some daycare centres are shutting down their operations.
The government heavily tilted the field against private operators who serve the majority of the market.
Parents who prefer informal daycare are excluded from the federal child care program.
Quebec’s blanket policy helped everyone including parents from high-income households.
The plan calls for $27.2 billion over the next five years to reduce daycare costs.