Sault Colleges Closes Early Learning Centre After 2 Years


Two years ago there was much fanfare with the opening of the $2 Million Early Learning Centre at Sault College. The Multi-million project took two years to complete, and allowed the Centre to increase the amount of childcare spaces it offers, accommodating 80 children, with the addition of 10 new infant spots and eight new preschool spots.

That was then. This is now.

Sault College has now announced it is closing the centre, for good.

“Over the last months we made a very difficult decision, It was just no longer financially feasible for us to continue.” said Janice Beatty, vice-president of Student Services at Sault College .

The service was losing the college about  $500,000 each year. With new safety guidelines in place, daycare centres are only allowed to accept 50 per cent of capacity.  The centre claims COVID-19 is to blame for the closure.

The centre employed 12 and Beatty said the college is in talks with the union to hopefully avoid layoffs.

The centre had 106 children enrolled

The $2-million project was funded by Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board and Sault College.