New Brunswick will launch a $10-a and $20-a fund to pay mothers to stay at home.
The fund, to be launched on Thursday, aims to replace existing maternity-care funding, and provide for childcare.
The funding will be offered to mothers who have made the choice to work and live in New Brunswick, with the option to be paid up to $10 a day.
The first 100 mothers who sign up will receive a $100 monthly payment.
The rest will receive up to five days of paid leave, but they must agree to an agreement with the fund’s administrator.
“This is an initiative that will ensure that families can get the best possible start in life,” said Premier Brian Gallant.
“We are committed to supporting mothers and families, and I am excited to see the first 100 sign up to be the first beneficiaries of the New Brunswick maternity-support fund.”
The new fund will initially be available to mothers in New Brunswickers, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania, and will be rolled out nationally to all new mothers.
It will be administered by the New York-based Center for New Mothers, a national nonprofit organisation.
“The maternity-aid program has been a priority for the province, and it is a program that has been sorely missed in New Zealand,” Mr Gallant said.
“In New Zealand, one in three families leave the workforce within the first three years of leaving home.
The fund will also cover other expenses that mothers may need in their early years, including: food and accommodation; clothing; childcare; personal training and career development; financial counselling; legal advice and advocacy; and support for new parents. “
New Brunswick has a great maternity-and-childcare system, and we believe the New Zealand model is one that is right for New Brunswick.”
The fund will also cover other expenses that mothers may need in their early years, including: food and accommodation; clothing; childcare; personal training and career development; financial counselling; legal advice and advocacy; and support for new parents.
It could also provide financial support for parents to support their children and support their careers.
New Brunswick’s New Zealand-style childcare system has been around since the mid-1980s.
In New Zealand a mother must work full-time in a childcare centre to be able to take a child to school.
Families are typically paid a fixed amount based on how many hours they work per week.
For example, a mother earning $15,000 a year would be entitled to $2,400 in childcare costs.
However, in New Jersey a mother with two children earning $20,000 each would be eligible for a $3,000 childcare payment.
New Jersey’s childcare system was developed by the Ministry of Social Development, which is run by the Department of Community Development.
“It is a very generous and very flexible system that gives families a very good deal of flexibility,” Ms Manners said.
The New Brunswick government said the fund will help support mothers who want to continue working in the labour force, and who want their child to go to school at a later age.
“Many New Brunshickers who want childcare support do not have the financial resources to take their child out of school early or to continue work after school,” Ms Gallant added.
“So the idea of this maternity-supply fund is to give New Brunsans the best chance of making the transition from the labour market to the caregiving system.”
More to come.