Ontario child care and early years centres sharing over $230M to support health and safety during reopening

Funding coming from federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement

Child care and early year programs across Ontario could get a boost out of a federal-provincial agreement.

Premier Doug Ford announced $234.6 million in funding to support enhanced cleaning costs as well as health and safety requirements surrounding the reopening of licensed child care and early years programs.

The funding is coming through the Safe Restart Agreement, a $19 billion dollar deal struck between the federal and provincial governments.

“Thanks to our federal partners, we’re putting over $230 million on the table as part of the Safe Restart Agreement to help deliver our plan to reopen child care safely at full capacity in September,” said Premier Ford. “Parents can have peace of mind knowing that every measure has been taken to keep their children and the staff who care for them safe.”

RELATED: OTTAWA TO CONTRIBUTE $19 BILLION TO PROVINCES AND MUNICIPALITIES TO HELP COVER PANDEMIC SHORTFALLS

The additional funding will help child care operators, EarlyON Child and Family Centres, and First Nations Child and Family Programs increase cleaning and infection control, ensure staff have access to personal protective equipment, promote physical distancing, purchase additional cleaning supplies, and support staffing needs.