Within the next five years, Ontario will help to create another 100,000, new licensed child care spaces so that more families, like those in Sault Ste. Marie, can find quality, affordable care, announced David Orazietti MPP today.
“Our government is investing in families by supporting a modernized child care and early years system with more capacity to care for our youngest learners,” said Orazietti. “Adding more child care spaces in Sault Ste. Marie is an investment in our children, and an important step toward improving access to high-quality, licensed child care for all families.”
Today’s announcement reaffirms the commitment the government made in the recent Speech from the Throne. Ontario will help to create the new, licensed child care spaces for infants, toddlers and preschoolers within the next five years, with the first spaces opening in 2017.
Approximately 20 per cent of 0-4 year olds in Ontario are currently in licensed child care. Research indicates that demand is much higher. Creating 100,000 new spaces will double capacity, creating spaces for about 40 per cent of children 0-4 years old. This investment will help people in their everyday lives by promoting early learning and development and helping more parents find quality, affordable care.
This investment builds on ongoing work with the federal government, parents and partners to develop a child care and early years system focused on quality, affordability, accessibility, parent choice, and flexibility.
The Associate Minister of Education (Early Years and Child Care) will be leading consultations over the fall and early winter with parents, communities and everyone who makes high quality child care possible in this province to inform the government’s five-year commitment and the broader policy framework that will underpin it.
Investing in new, licensed child care spaces is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.