20.2 C
Kawartha Lakes
Friday, May 20, 2022
HomeNewsProvince to open up 24,000 new daycare spots

Province to open up 24,000 new daycare spots

KAWARTHA LAKES-The Ontario government is providing a bit of relief to stressed parents who can’t find affordable, licensed childcare.

Under a new plan announced today 24,000 more children up to four years old will have access to child care in 2017-18. This is part of the province’s plan to help 100,000 kids access child care over five years that was  announced in the 2016 Ontario Speech from the Throne.

“We know that finding affordable child care is a real challenge for many families. We’ve heard from parents across the province and we are taking action by providing 100,000 more children access to quality licensed child care. Ontario is committed to helping families and this is yet another way we are delivering on that pledge.” said Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance.

The Parents will receive more financial support to increase affordability, including subsidies for approximately 60 per cent of new child care spaces according to the announcement today. Although there were no specific details provided on the subsidies.

The province says it will also work with families and experts in the coming months to develop a child care affordability strategy that will identify further measures that could lower costs and support parents.

“Creating an affordable, accessible child care system is one of the most important things we can do for Ontario’s kids and families. While we help 100,000 more children access quality licensed child care, making sure parents can afford it is essential to the success of our province and our economy. I am pleased we are taking the first, important steps towards transforming the way we deliver child care in Ontario.” Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister Responsible for Early Years and Childcare told the crowd.

There’s no word on where the spots will be located.

 photo credit: SupportPDX Snapshots 87 via photopin (license)

Don't forget to sign up for our morning newsletter.

Catch up on all the local news while enjoying your coffee.

Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

Most Popular