Ontario is continuing to make it easier for families to find high-quality licensed child care by creating another 3,100 new spaces that will help to accommodate families taking advantage of the government"s free preschool child care for children aged 2.5 until they are eligible for kindergarten.
Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Toronto today to announce that in May 2018, new funding will roll out across the province for new licensed child care spaces in community locations, such as community centres, places of worship and Indigenous friendship centres. Ontario will support 75 projects to transform existing spaces and build additions, giving parents increased access to quality child care in their communities.
Today"s announcement is part of a series of actions the government is taking to ensure that every child and family has access to a range of high-quality and affordable child care:
This funding is on top of the government"s investment in renovation and addition projects at schools, which will create more than 15,000 new licensed child spaces.
It is the latest step in helping 100,000 more children from 0 to 4 access licensed child care over the next five years.
Since September 2016, Ontario has increased access to licensed child care for a total of 31,000 children aged 0-4.
Beginning in 2020, the government is making licensed preschool child care absolutely free for kids from age 2.5 until they can start kindergarten.
Building more child care spaces and making child care more affordable will give parents, especially women, more choice about when and if they return to work, which will help close the gender wage gap and grow Ontario"s economy.
Providing parents with more choices for high-quality and affordable child care is part of the government"s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from ages 2.5 to kindergarten.
Funding for these new spaces will start in May 2018, and all of them are required to open no later than December 2020.