Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPESU) send letter to Premier to urge your government to not cut $63.5 million in funding for subsidized child care spaces. The ripple effect of cutting this funding would be catastrophic for our fragile child care system.
The impact has been quantified by the Centre for Spatial Economics:
• The disappearance of 7,600 subsidized child care spaces for children from low-income families;
• The elimination of 1,800 child care jobs and another 1,100 jobs in the related economy;
• Another 3,480 jobs vacated as parents are forced to leave work because they have no other child care options; and
• Growing welfare rolls as out of work parents turn to social assistance.
The study, commissioned by the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC), shows that the $63.5 million cut would result in a drop in Ontario’s GDP of $148.3 million through job losses and an increased demand for welfare.
Click here to download the open letter