Ontario Steps Up For Child Care

    McGuinty Government Providing Stability For Families With Kids In Child

    TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is providing stability for families with kids in child care by
investing an additional $18 million in 2010-11 to support 8,500 child care
    In 2006, the federal government provided a one-time payment of $254
million to Ontario after cancelling the federal-provincial child care
agreements. The province has used that funding to sustain about 8,500 child
care spaces over the last four years. That funding ends next year.
    The new provincial investment will help municipalities plan and maintain
child care spaces throughout the next school year and into the summer. This
funding will provide stability in the child care sector while the province
continues to press the federal government to restore full funding for child


    "We remain committed to supporting Ontario families in these challenging
economic times, including working parents with young children. This provincial
funding will provide greater stability in the child care sector over the
2009-10 school year and into the summer. We continue to call on the federal
government to restore funding for child care in Ontario."
    - Deb Matthews, Minister of Children and Youth Services

    -   Ontario invests approximately $869 million in child care annually.
    -   There are about 4,600 licensed child care programs in Ontario,
        serving more than 263,000 children up to age 12.
    -   Since 2003, Ontario has created more than 22,000 new licensed child
        care spaces.
    -   Last year, Ontario provided $23 million to help an additional 3,000
        children benefit from licensed child care through fee subsidies and
        $2 million to support new French-language spaces.


    Learn more about Ontario's plan for a full day of learning for four- and
five-year olds

    Find licensed child care near you

    Choosing the right child care for your child

                                                      Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: Laura Dougan, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3394; Anne Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416) 325-5156

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