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Ontario and Canada Boosting Child Care Programs for Ottawa-Area Families

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Ontario and Canada Boosting Child Care Programs for Ottawa-Area Families

Children and Families to Benefit from More Subsidies, Reduced Waitlists

Ministry of Education

Ontario and Canada are making it easier for Ottawa-area parents to access early years and child care programming, with support for more child care subsidies and reduced waitlists.

Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care, was joined by Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi, Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Drouin and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson at Mothercraft Ottawa Child Care Centre today to announce that significant investments in early learning and child care from the province and the federal government will:

  • Significantly reduce the subsidy waitlist in Ottawa for the 0 to 6 age group and
  • Increase subsidies for low and middle-income families, helping 1,000 more children and families access child care in Ottawa.

Ontario is helping 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. 

Making licensed child care more affordable and more accessible for families is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • In 2017, total funding for child care in the City of Ottawa will increase from $74.8 million to $87 million – an increase of 16.3 per cent from 2016. This does not include annual funding to increase Early Childhood Educator (ECE) wages.
  • This year, Ontario will be spending a historic $1.44 billion on child care, including the ECE wage enhancement, Child Care Expansion Plan and Canada–Ontario Early Learning and Child Care Agreement (ELCC) funding.
  • In June 2017, the governments of Ontario and Canada reached a bilateral agreement to increase the accessibility and affordability of high-quality licensed child care and early learning programs. The Government of Canada will provide provinces and territories with $1.2 billion over the next three years for early learning and child care programs.
  • The Canada-Ontario agreement also includes investments in Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres and the creation of Centres of Excellence for professional development opportunities for the early years and child care workforce.
  • Since 2012–13, the number of licensed child care spaces in Ontario has grown to 406,395 – an increase of 32 per cent.

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“These important investments help us build a strong, affordable, quality early years and child care system for all Ottawa families. When our children have the best possible start in life, we all benefit. This is an investment in our children and our future.”

Indira Naidoo-Harris

Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care

“The development of early learning and child care systems is one of the best investments our government is making to strengthen Canadian families, society and the economy. We are pleased to be working with the Government of Ontario towards increasing the accessibility and affordability of high-quality licensed child care and quality early learning opportunities.”

Jean-Yves Duclos

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

“Every child in Canada deserves access to quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive education services. This agreement is the first step in the effort to ensure that Ontario's children have the best possible start in life and we are proud to be partnering with Ontario on this initiative.”

Francis Drouin

MP Glengarry–Prescott–Russell

“Investing in the early years of Ontarians is an investment in the whole family. Parents face more than enough challenges without having to worry about access to high quality, affordable childcare. Today’s announcement is a critical step in ensuring the success of Ontario’s families, and our next generation.”

Yasir Naqvi

MPP Ottawa Centre

“Parents work hard to provide for their families and make ends meet, which is why access to affordable child care is so important. Thanks to these significant investments made by our Federal and Provincial partners, more Ottawa families will have access to quality, inclusive and affordable child care and subsidies. Providing families with affordable child care and Early Years programs ensures that all children benefit from early childhood education.”

Jim Watson

Mayor, City of Ottawa

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