Barrie Advance: Daycare Cash Only Maintains Status Quo

Jun 11, 2009

"MIDHURST - Simcoe County is seeing its child-care waiting lists grow while the federal government continues to cut child-care funding.
When Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government took power in 2006, the government ended a national daycare strategy and instead began giving parents $100 per month for every child under age six.

Ontario lost $1.9 billion in child-care funding each year, said an Association of Municipalities of Ontario policy backgrounder. That translated into $63.5 million less each year - enough to fund 8,470 licensed daycare spots. A provincial plan to increase the number of licensed spots was cancelled."

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