Helping Families in Niagara Region with Quality Child Care
Government Investment Delivers More Licensed Spaces
Today, Premier Kathleen Wynne visited the onsite child care centre at Glynn A. Green Public School in Fonthill, where the government supported a retrofit of existing rooms to help create more than 30 new licensed child care spaces for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Approximately 20 per cent of children up to the age of 4 in Ontario are currently in licensed child care, and research indicates that demand is much higher. To address the demand and ensure more working families can find quality, affordable care, Ontario made a commitment in the recent Speech from the Throne to help create another 100,000 new, licensed child care spaces for infants, toddlers and preschoolers within the next five years -- starting in 2017.
When fully rolled out, this investment will result in double the number of licensed child care spaces for children up to the age of 4, making life easier for parents and giving children the best possible start in life.
Investing in child care is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Ontario has provided more than $300,000 to retrofit existing rooms at Glynn A. Green Public School to help create more than 30 licensed spaces. These are operated by the YMCA of Niagara.
- In April 2015, Ontario announced $120 million in new funding dedicated to building safe, high-quality, licensed child care spaces in schools across the province. As a result, almost 3,800 new licensed child care spaces will be coming soon to communities across Ontario.
- Since 2003–04, 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 on September 1, 2016.
“We are taking action to give more parents access to high-quality, licensed child care. We understand that today’s families face many pressures and that parents deserve to know that their children are being looked after in a safe and caring environment. It is our job to make sure we help people in their everyday lives.”
“I firmly believe every child deserves the best possible start in life. That’s why our government is meeting the demands of a growing and changing province. With these new child care spaces in the Niagara region, we are helping more families find affordable, accessible, and quality child care. This is an investment in our children, and an investment in Ontario’s future.”