QUEBEC - The Quebec government will crack down on expressions of religion in subsidized daycare centres beginning next June.
The Canadian Press has obtained documents from the Family Department that indicate the province will ban most forms of religion in centres that receive government money.
Those who disregard the new directive will be subject to various sanctions, including the possible loss of their government subsidy.
Daycare workers will be allowed to say their prayers but not permitted to make children recite them.
Religious leaders including rabbis, imams and priests will no longer be allowed to visit daycare centres.
And while religious symbols such as crucifixes will still be allowed, they cannot be used as an educational tool.
Family Minister Yolande James has called a news conference in Montreal on Friday morning to discuss the issue.