PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — Saskatchewan Party Leader Scott Moe is promising to bring back a tax credit for kids' recreation and to create more child-care spaces.
Moe says if his party is re-elected in the Oct .26 provincial vote, he will reintroduce the active families benefit, which was eliminated in the 2016-17 budget.
The benefit would provide families earning less than $60,000 a year with a refundable tax credit of up to $150 per child to take part in sports and cultural activities.
For a child with a disability, the benefit would be up to $200.
The party says the tax credit would come back in the 2021-22 budget and cost the province $5.7 million annually.
Moe also promises that his government would create 750 new child-care spaces over the next four years, -- 230 of of them would be in schools that are set to be built.
The party expects that 120 of the new spaces would be available in the 2021-22 fiscal year.
In the 2022-23 budget, Moe committed to increase some of the grants going to home-based daycares.
The child-care promises are pegged to cost $9.7 million over four years.
Before the election campaign officially began, NDP Leader Ryan Meili promised to bring in $25-a-day child care and create thousands of more spaces.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 5, 2020.
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