Corporate for-profit daycare comes to Winnipeg

CBC News

In a few weeks the doors open on Winnipeg’s first corporate for-profit daycare.

Kids and Company will open its doors downtown at Fort Street and York Avenue next month with 90 spaces, including at least 20 for infants. But the service will only be available to employees of member corporations…

Sopik said 70 corporations each pay $5,000 in annual memberships but that only guarantee spaces for their employees’ children.

Employees are still responsible for footing the bill for the care, which is roughly double the fee that non-profit daycares are allowed to charge.

Infant spaces at Kids and Company will be about $70 per day and pre-school spaces will be $40 a day….

Non-profit daycare director concerned

But some who work in the not-for-profit child-care system say they worry the gap in fees could create a two-tier system.

April Kalyniuk, executive director of the Lord Roberts Children’s Programs, said she does not like the idea that people who can afford to pay more for child care can jump the queue to get a spot….