TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Students and child care advocates
announced today that they have collected thousands of petitions calling
for greater public investment in child care in Ontario. The call comes
as part of the Students for Better Child Care campaign, which promotes increased access to affordable, accessible,
full-time and barrier-free public child care services for students and
"Students in Ontario not only face the highest tuition fees in the
country, but also face a child care system that denies subsidies to
part-time students, leaving them struggling to pay upwards of $40 to
$80 a day, or $15,000 per year for each child," said Cindy Brownlee,
Mature and Part-Time Students Commissioner for the Canadian Federation
of Students-Ontario (CFS-O).
If fewer families can afford licensed child care, centres may experience
vacancies and be forced to close despite the high need in their
communities. Due to underfunding and impacts from the full-day
kindergarten program, parents can expect to see child care fees
increase from 15 to 30 per cent in coming months.
"In Ontario, there are only licensed child care spaces for one in five
children, leaving the rest without high quality, early learning
opportunities," said Andrea Calver, Coordinator of the Ontario
Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC). "We call on all political
parties in the Ontario election to commit to fixing this crisis and
ensure there are affordable, licensed spaces for every child."
The OCBCC is hosting an election forum at Ryerson University today on child care, poverty and education as
part of their election campaign, 4 Out of 5.
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites more than 300,000
college and university undergraduate and graduate students in all
regions of Ontario. The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
advocates for universally accessible, high quality, not-for-profit,
regulated child care in the province of Ontario.
SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Andrea Calver, Coordinator, OCBCC: 416-538-0628 x 4
Cindy Brownlee, Mature and Part-Time Students Commissioner, CFS-O: 416-931-2174 (cell)