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Helping Ontario Families Access Affordable Child Care

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Helping Ontario Families Access Affordable Child Care

Province to Provide 24,000 More Children with Access to Care in 2017-18

Ministry of Finance

Ontario is helping more children access affordable, quality licensed child care to give them the best start in life and support families across the province. 

Quality child care is essential for families. Parents want peace of mind to know they will have access to care for their kids as close to home as possible, and that it will be affordable for their monthly budget. Yet for too many, child care is unavailable, unaffordable, or has a significant wait time.

The government is committed to addressing these challenges by increasing access to licensed child care and by making it more affordable for families.

  • 24,000 more children up to four years old will have access to child care in 2017-18. This is part of the province's plan to help 100,000 kids access child care over five years, as announced in the 2016 Ontario Speech from the Throne.
  • Parents will receive more financial support to increase affordability, including subsidies for approximately 60 per cent of new child care spaces.

The province will also work with families and experts in the coming months to develop a child care affordability strategy that will identify further measures that could lower costs and support parents.

Taken together, these supports will help parents access crucial care for their children, reduce wait lists and make child care more affordable.

Making it easier and more affordable for families to access child care is part of our plan 

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing over $200 million in 2017-18 to increase accessibility and affordability of licensed child care throughout the province, building on the $65.5 million capital investment announced in the 2016 Fall Economic Statement.
  • Ontario has invested an additional $63.5 million each year since 2010 to help fill the gap left when the federal government stepped away from its child care responsibility. The province welcomes the federal government supporting Ontario’s investment as part of the infrastructure announcement outlined in the 2017 federal budget.
  • Ontario has helped create 56,000 new licensed child care spaces over the past three years.
  • 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.

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“We know that finding affordable child care is a real challenge for many families. We’ve heard from parents across the province and we are taking action by providing 100,000 more children access to quality licensed child care. Ontario is committed to helping families and this is yet another way we are delivering on that pledge.”

Charles Sousa

Minister of Finance

“Creating an affordable, accessible child care system is one of the most important things we can do for Ontario's kids and families. While we help 100,000 more children access quality licensed child care, making sure parents can afford it is essential to the success of our province and our economy. I am pleased we are taking the first, important steps towards transforming the way we deliver child care in Ontario.”

Indira Naidoo-Harris

Minister Responsible for Early Years and Childcare

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