Public Input Regarding Possible Transfer of Municipal Day Care Spaces


The City of Sault Ste. Marie will host an Open House on June 11 for public input regarding the possible transfer of municipal day care spaces.

Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Time: 2 – 6 p.m.
Location: Russ Ramsay Board Room, Civic Centre, 99 Foster Drive

This Open House is intended for those citizens who may wish to provide input into City Council’s consideration of this matter and who may not have had the opportunity or means to provide it already.

The details of the issue are as follows:

Mayor Debbie Amaroso and Members of City Council are seeking the public’s input on the possible transfer of the City’s 100 day care spaces from municipally-operated day care centres to other licenced not-for-profit day care providers. City day care facilities include Jessie Irving, Maycourt, and the Best Start program at Holy Family School.

At its May 12, 2014 meeting, Council received reports from staff that provided details on possibly transferring the 100 municipal day care spaces to other licenced providers, due to funding cuts from the Ministry of Education. The reports included funding information provided from the City and Province, through the District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administrative Board (DSSMSSAB), for both subsidized and non-subsidized (termed ‘full-fee’) spaces. These reports can be viewed on the City website – City Hall Bulletins – Possible Transfer of Day Care Spaces. The reports will also be available at the Open House.

The City operates 100 of the approximately 1,400 day care spaces that DSSMSSAB administers by way of 17 not-for-profit organizations licenced by the Province to deliver