Ontario Bringing More Child Care to Waterloo Region Families
Community to Benefit from 88 New Licensed Child Care Spaces
Ontario is creating 88 new licensed child care spaces in the Waterloo Region, increasing the availability of safe, high-quality, child care for local families.
The five new child care rooms for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers will be located in the new St. Boniface Catholic School, which is scheduled to open in 2019. The spaces will give more families the opportunity to transition from child care into full-day kindergarten at the same location.
Today's announcement builds on the commitment the government made in the recent Speech from the Throne. Starting in 2017, Ontario will help to create another 100,000 new, licensed child care spaces for infants, toddlers and preschoolers within the next five years.
Approximately 20 per cent of 0-4-year-olds in Ontario are currently in licensed child care. Research indicates that demand is much higher. Creating 100,000 new spaces will double capacity, creating spaces for about 40 per cent of children 0-4 years old. This investment will help people in their everyday lives by promoting early learning and development, and helping more parents find quality, affordable care.
Investing in new child care spaces is part of the government's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Ontario is investing nearly $4 million to create five new licensed child care rooms at St. Boniface Catholic School in Waterloo Region.
- St. Boniface Catholic School is the result of an additional $5.8 million in funding from the province, bringing Ontario’s overall investment in the facility to almost $10 million.
- In April 2015, the province announced $120 million in new funding dedicated to building safe, high-quality, licensed child care spaces in schools across the province. So far, $113 million has been allocated, resulting in almost 3,800 new licensed child care spaces coming soon to communities across Ontario.
- Since 2003–04, the government has doubled child care funding to more than $1 billion annually, and the number of licensed child care spaces in Ontario has grown to nearly 351,000 - an increase of 87 per cent.
- Ontario’s ban on child care wait list fees took effect September 1, 2016.
“Our government is investing in families by supporting a modernized child care and early years system with more capacity to care for our youngest learners. Adding more child care spaces to the Waterloo Catholic District School Board in Waterloo Region and beyond is an investment for our children in our community.”
“Our government's $3.9 million investment in St. Boniface will allow this beautiful new school to provide new child care spaces for families in Waterloo Region. Over the next two years, families in Ontario will see our supply of available child care spaces double, as we deliver on our commitment to create 100,000 safe, high-quality child care spaces for children and families in Ontario.”
“This is a very exciting time for Ontario families. We are transforming the way we do child care in the province. Over the next five years, we are going to create an additional 100,000 licensed child care spaces. We are working hard to build a child care and early years system that gives our children the best start in life, and gives Ontario families the support they need.”
“The Waterloo Catholic District School Board has long believed that the earlier structured learning begins for children, the better their chances of success in life. As a result, Waterloo Region's Catholic schools were a provincial pioneer in establishing on-site child care partnerships with local service providers. Because of our long history supporting the early learning needs of our community, we are very grateful to the government for assisting us in continuing to fulfil that vision by providing dedicated child care funding for our upcoming new school in Breslau.”