Minister's Statement on Unlicensed Child Care Review
Today, Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, issued the following statement on the review of unlicensed child care complaints:
"As I committed to last week, my ministry has conducted a thorough review of every complaint received related to unlicensed child care providers over the past year to determine compliance with current policies.
The ministry took immediate action to determine whether there were any complaints that had not been addressed. Out of a total of 280 complaints received by the ministry over the past year, it was determined that nine had not been responded to with a site visit.
Moving forward, we are committed to responding to all complaints.
Ministry staff took immediate action on all unaddressed complaints, investigating them thoroughly over the past week and confirming that all of the identified providers are in compliance.
While this work was an important first step, I know there is more to do. That is why the ministry and our government are fully committed to working with the Ombudsman and his team on their investigation, and we will take any additional steps to ensure processes and procedures are properly followed.
As a next step, the ministry will extend the timeline of its review to Jan. 1, 2012. We recognize this is the timeline in which the Ombudsman has committed to review as part of his investigation, and we believe it is important that we determine whether there are any additional complaints that have been unaddressed and deal with them immediately.
The well-being of our children is of utmost importance and I want to assure the people of Ontario that our government will do everything in our power to keep our children safe."