Ontario to add 100,000 new and affordable day care spaces

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Ontario to add 100,000 new and affordable day care spaces

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Indira Naidoo-Harris

Indira Naidoo-Harris

Indira Naidoo-Harris was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Halton, and currently serves as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, focusing on long-term care. In the 1990s to work for CBC-TV’s The National and Midday News, and more recently as an anchored for CBC Newsworld, CBC’s The National and CTV Newsnet, as well as for local stations CBC Toronto, CBC Ottawa, TVO and OMNI Television. She has also anchored for CBC Radio regional and national programs, including World Report and The World at Six, and hosted the current affairs shows Cross Country Check-Up and The Current. Naidoo-Harris has won numerous awards for her work and volunteerism in national and international causes.

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Within the next five years, the Ontario government will create an additional 100,000 new, licensed child care spaces for Ontario’s working families.

Beginning in 2017, the province will invest in creating licensed spaces for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Ontario made this commitment in the recent 2016 Speech From The Throne: A Balanced Plan to Build Ontario Up for Everyone.

Approximately 20 per cent of 0-4 year olds in Ontario are currently in licensed child care and it is estimated 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.

Communities in Halton region are expanding at a remarkable pace as more people choose Halton as the place they want to raise their families. This investment will help meet increasing demand for local child care. It 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.

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 Oakville residents achieve a more secure retirement.

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