Ontario Making Child Care More Accessible and Affordable for Nipissing Area Families
New Investment Will Help More Children Access Licensed Child Care
Ontario is helping Nipissing area children and families access affordable, quality child care as part of a historic new investment to help 100,000 more children access licensed child care across the province.
Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care, made the announcement today at Little Wings Child Care Centre in Hornell Heights, Ontario.
In 2017, Ontario is increasing operating funding for child care in the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board by10.2 per cent over 2016. This additional funding will provide more subsidies, making child care more accessible and affordable for 140 more children aged 0-4 in the Nipissing region.
The province also announced funding to build 45,000 new child care spaces in schools and other community spaces across Ontario over the next five years, and released its Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework and Expansion Plan. As part of the framework, the province will launch an expert-led Affordability Strategy to help identify options to further reduce child care costs for all parents and families, and review the current funding approach to child care. This blueprint for transforming child care in Ontario will guide the province's historic commitment to help 100,000 more children aged 0-4 access quality licensed child care over the next five years.
Making licensed child care more affordable and more accessible for families is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- In 2017, total funding for child care in the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board will increase to $8,374,868.
- Ontario will help 100,000 more children aged 0-4 access affordable, quality and responsive licensed child care in schools, homes and communities over the next five years.
- Since 2013, child care funding has increased by 49 per cent per cent to more than $1.37 billion annually.
- Since 2012-13, the number of licensed child care spaces in Ontario has grown to 389,286 - an increase of 32 per cent.
- Through full-day kindergarten, families are saving up to $6,500 per child per year in child care costs. With more than $1.5 billion in funding every year, the program is one of the most significant education investments Ontario has made in a generation.
- As of September 1, 2016, Ontario banned child care providers from charging parents a fee to be placed on a waiting list.
“Ontario is transforming its early years and child care system to give children the best possible start in life. This renewed framework lays the foundation for the long-term success of our children and our province. Our significant investment will help an additional 140 children in the Nipissing region find a space in licensed child care.”