Reduce licensed child care fees for Ontario families by 50% on average

TORONTO, December 19, 2022 /CNW/ – For too long, families have been faced with high monthly child care fees and too few high-quality child care options. That is why the Government of Canada is supporting the implementation of a Canada-extensive system of child care and early learning, giving children the best possible start and making life more affordable for families around the world. Canada.

Today, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, christian land freethe Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Karina Gould, and from ontario Minister of Education, Stephen Lecceannounced that, with effect December 31, 2022rates for families with children under 6 years of age at licensed child care operators in ontario who have enrolled in the Canada-The entire child care and early learning system will be reduced by an average of 50% across the province, compared to 2020 levels.

The lower fee structure is supported by federal investments under from ontario Canada-extensive early learning and child care agreement. As a result, parent fees for licensed child care operators enrolled in the Canada-the whole system will be reduced to an average of $23 per day, what you could save ontario families up $6,000 per child per year. This is an important milestone to reach an average of $10-daily quotas for early learning and child care in the province by March 2026.

Additionally, under the Canada-wide agreement, ontario is working to create 86,000 new licensed child care spaces by the end of 2026, which will include the spaces the province allocated today.

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Building a child care and early learning system that works for all families in all regions of the country is a key part of Gov’t Canada plan to make life more affordable for families while creating good jobs and growing the economy. All Canada provinces and territories have announced reductions in child care fees or were already providing child care services for $10-one day or less upon joining Canada-extensive system of early learning and child care.

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“As families here in ontario are dealing with high inflation, a 50 percent reduction in their child care rates will be a real relief. Affordable child care also means that women in ontario they don’t have to choose between their career and their family: this is feminist economics in action. Today’s announcement is great news for ontarioand it’s growing our economy while making life more affordable for families.”
christian land freeDeputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

“Access to affordable, high-quality, flexible and inclusive early learning and child care is increasingly becoming a reality for families in ontario, and throughout the country. The rate reduction announced today for centers that are part of the Canada-The whole system is a key step towards our ultimate goal for an average of $10-regulated day care for children. We will continue to work with provinces and territories for a better future for children and families, everywhere in Canada.”
Karina GouldMinister of the Family, Children and Social Development

“Our government is proud to offer affordable child care for ontario families. That’s why we’re pleased to announce a 50% reduction in rental fees. January 1saving families $6,000 on average, with some families saving as much as $10,000 by year. In doing so, we put money back in parents’ pockets, while investing to create more than 50,000 additional spaces. Our government will continue to ensure that choice is respected, spaces are created, and fees are significantly reduced to benefit all parents in all regions of our province.”
Stephen LecceMinister of Education for ontario

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“The YMCA is proud to work together with the federal and provincial governments to build a successful Canada-extensive system of early learning and child care. As the nation’s largest nonprofit child care provider, YMCAs have long advocated for a high-quality, publicly funded system that is affordable, accessible, and inclusive for families. Lowering fees by an average of 50% this January is another important step in making child care more affordable for hard-working families at a time when they need it most.”
Linda CottesSenior Vice President of Child and Family Development, YMCA of great toronto and Chair of the YMCA Ontario Child Care Advisory Group

Fast facts

As part of the 2021 Budget, the Government of Canada made a transformative investment of more than $27 billion over five years to build a Canada-broad system of early learning and child care with provinces and territories. Combined with other investments, including in early learning and indigenous child care, up to $30 billion will be provided over five years in support of early learning and child care.

As part of the Canada-wide agreement with ontariothe government of Canada is investing more than $10.2 billion for five years to help improve licensed early learning and child care for children under the age of 6 in the province.

In November 17, 2022, nunavut announced that, from December 2022will become the first jurisdiction to achieve $10-regulated childcare per day under a Canada-wide system. Quebec Y yukon both had achieved $10-up to date, or less, through your existing early learning and child care systems prior to the Canada-Extensive agreements were established.

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The government of Canada recently introduced Bill C-35, which, if passed, would enshrine the principles of a Canada-broad system of early learning and child care in federal law. Bill C-35 marks a historic milestone in the Government’s commitment to guarantee families in Canada have lasting access to affordable, inclusive, and high-quality child care and early learning services. This includes a commitment to maintain long-term federal funding for provinces, territories and indigenous partners to support the provision of early learning and child care under a Canada-wide system.

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Canada – Early Learning and Child Care Agreement in Ontario, Canada – 2021 to 2026
Towards $10-a-Day: early learning and child care
$10-day child care for families in ontario

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