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Child care funding helps parents find balance

On February 28, Claire IsaBelle, MNA for Huntingdon, announced that $29,000 in funding was given to the riding of Huntingdon to support two child care projects: one during March break, and one for the upcoming summer.

IsaBelle made the announcement on behalf of Minister of Families and Minister Responsible for the Outaouais Region Mathieu Lacombe. The projects are Melissa’s Sunshine Camp in Huntingdon and Centre de plein air l’Estacade in Saint-Paul-de-l’île-aux-Noix.

“In the midst of the school break, I welcome this news with enthusiasm,” says IsaBelle. “These two projects, in addition to providing families with a range of services, will contribute to a better balance between family, work, and education.”


Deputy Claire IsaBelle with representatives of Melissas Sunshine Camp Marlene Harvey and Mary Shewchuk PHOTO Courtesy of Claire IsaBelle


More than $574,000 in financial assistance of this kind has been announced to support a total of 54 organizations or cities across Quebec. The goal is to implement new or existing projects to facilitate the organization of parents’ time, whether they are workers or students.

The Government of Quebec is taking an additional step to facilitate the work/study balance and allow children to have fun safely. “Getting time off during a school break and during the children’s summer holidays can be difficult for some parents, especially in the last two years,” says Lacombe in a press release on the matter. “My duty, as minister of families, is to propose solutions to facilitate work/life balance, and I am convinced that funding is making a difference by enabling the deployment of these projects. Parents will benefit from a variety of child care services while knowing that their children are having fun and developing in safe environments.” (RP)

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