Province to protect child care for parents when they return to work

Child care centres will receive funding for their "fixed operating costs."

The Ontario government is going to protect licensed child care spots currently held by families, as well as EarlyON Child and Family Centres.

The Ford government unveiled a plan on Saturday, that together with federal and municipal partners, provides support to licensed child care providers to ensure they remain sustainable and ready to open when parents return to work.

“We are taking action to protect local child care spaces for parents as they return to work,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “Our plan is focused on two objectives. The first was focused on saving parents money by prohibiting child care providers from charging families during the closure period. The second objective was focused on protecting child care spaces across our province, so families can re-enter the workforce with confidence that local centres will be accessible and safe.”

It will also allow child care centres that don’t currently receive provincial funding to apply directly to the ministry, and what Lecce calls red tape reduction and cost savings by waiving all child care licensing applications, renewals and revision fees, and automatic extension of childcare licenses that are set to expire.