Published August 19, 2022

Ontario considers new ways to fund $10-a-day child care in bid to boost uptake

Operators could be given more discretion over their expenses

By Allison Jones in Toronto

Ontario is considering new ways to fund the national $10-a-day child-care program in the province as it seeks to address operator concerns in an ongoing bid to increase uptake, particularly from the for-profit sector, The Canadian Press has learned.

The first step, following an extension this week of the opt-in deadline, is changing guidelines for 2022 in part to ease operator worries about bureaucratic incursions in their businesses — including removing a reference to profit caps.

For 2023, the government is looking at changing how the program is funded, by giving operators more discretion over their expenses, said senior government sources who were not authorized to speak publicly.


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