In 2010, $63.5 million dollars in federal child care funding expires. The OCBCC ran a major campaign this past spring and Minister Matthews announced $18 million dollars in bridge funding to sustain Ontario's early learning and child care system. However, the money is a stop-gap measure and just to maintain our current system, we need the Federal government to re-commit to child care funding.
At the annual meeting of the Association of Ontario Municipalities, delegates supported AMO's position calling for Federal funding. To read the media release, please click here.
Given that the Government of Ontario commitment of $18 million dollars was a stop-gap measure, Ontario's municipalities have been calculating just how many spaces would be lost community by community. At many of your child care network meetings and Best Start meetings, municipalities have been announcing the local impact of cuts.
At the OCBCC, we are ready to once again focus on our campaign to "Stop the Cuts". Working with all of you, we were successful in getting "bridge funding" to put off the cuts. But we do not intend on staying silent, we will continue to work with each of you so that these projected cuts to child care spaces never happen.
After all, Ontario does not have enough child care! We can't afford to lose a single space!