Budget 2019: Devil in the details

Breaking down the Ontario Budget: The devil in the details

When the Ontario Budget was released on April 11th, it left many in the child care community with more questions than answers when it came to child care funding. Since then we have been waiting to see the full details of changes to Ontario child care funding. We now have some more information on child care funding changes, and, as we feared, the devil is in the details. Now that the Ministry of Education has publicly released breakdowns by municipality we can see that transfers to most municipalities are being cut, and total child care spending is cut immediately by over $80 million. 

We have prepared two tables below that compare provincial child care spending in 2018 and 2019. Table 1 shows General Allocations; these are funds that are used for child care fee subsidies for low-income families, and operating costs. This funding is being reduced in 44 of 47 municipalities, and total general allocations across the province are being cut by over $40 million. In Table 2 we take into account other funding streams - eliminating fee stabilization funding, cuts to administration etc. When these changes are included we can see that total child care spending in Ontario is being cut immediately by over $80 million, and all but one municipality will receive a funding cut. When we take into account the total phase-out of fee stabilization, the cuts will total over $90 million.

Brace for Impact

We are still waiting for additional details on the breakdown of the general operating fund. Municipalities and child care operators are still just beginning to come to grips with what these funding changes will mean to programs. Once all municipalities crunch the numbers – as Toronto has – of the effect of changes to cost-shares, the impact of the funding cuts could be double these estimates.

It is clear that the Ford government has been playing a shell game with parents and child care providers. They promise parents a tax credit, but quietly eliminate funding that helps control child care fees and provides subsidies for low-income families. They maintained the wage enhancement grant but are reducing funding that keeps child care centre doors open.

We will continue to monitor funding announcements and will let our members know as soon as we hear more about local impacts.

We will continue to monitor funding announcements and will let our members know as soon as we hear more. As municipalities and providers grapple with the impact of these cuts, we anticipate further devils in the details. If you are concerned about these funding cuts, contact your MPP and Minister of Education Lisa Thompson. Even a short email or phone message makes a difference.

TABLE 1. Ontario general allocations to licensed child care, 2018 and 2019

Municipality (CMSM/DSSAB)

General Allocation 2018

General Allocation 2019

Difference

Corporation of the City of Brantford

8,176,526

7,723,998

-452,528

City of Cornwall

7,582,451

7,136,868

-445,583

City of Greater Sudbury

15,758,252

15,118,380

-639,872

The City of Hamilton

46,496,687

44,402,782

-2,093,905

Corporation of the City of Kawartha Lakes

5,029,047

4,771,158

-257,889

Corporation of the City of Kingston

8,702,592

8,192,644

-509,948

Corporation of the City of London

31,897,007

30,689,329

-1,207,678

City of Ottawa

77,673,855

75,393,319

-2,280,536

Corporation of the City of Peterborough

8,363,274

7,981,770

-381,504

Corporation of the City of St. Thomas

6,443,435

5,868,826

-574,609

Corporation of the City of Stratford

4,372,166

4,071,731

-300,435

City of Toronto

307,121,044

291,655,225

-15,465,819

Corporation of the City of Windsor

30,568,434

28,629,326

-1,939,108

Corporation of the County of Bruce

3,712,771

3,655,592

-57,179

Corporation of the County of Dufferin

3,343,156

3,229,089

-114,067

Corporation of the County of Grey

5,339,774

5,130,535

-209,239

Corporation of the County of Hastings

8,750,076

8,339,451

-410,625

Corporation of the County of Huron

3,612,560

3,356,825

-255,735

Corporation of the County of Lambton

12,128,519

11,636,033

-492,486

County of Lanark

4,293,020

3,786,655

-506,365

County of Lennox & Addington

3,476,157

3,249,256

-226,901

County of Northumberland

4,644,386

4,256,779

-387,607

County of Oxford

5,919,272

5,599,595

-319,677

County of Renfrew

5,684,207

5,425,672

-258,535

County of Simcoe

26,125,236

25,242,725

-882,511

County of Wellington

12,448,508

12,644,676

196,168

District Municipality of Muskoka

3,667,862

3,466,984

-200,878

Corporation of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent

11,656,482

11,183,163

-473,319

The Corporation of Norfolk County

5,869,582

5,514,604

-354,978

Regional Municipality of Durham

39,385,436

38,501,992

-883,444

Regional Municipality of Halton

31,737,687

32,070,310

332,623

Regional Municipality of Niagara

28,484,010

27,233,653

-1,250,357

Regional Municipality of Peel

110,533,614

106,353,679

-4,179,935

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

33,368,975

33,228,581

-140,394

Regional Municipality of York

80,008,218

79,016,021

-992,197

United Counties of Leeds & Grenville

5,338,161

5,028,635

-309,526

United Counties of Prescott & Russell

6,053,264

5,675,111

-378,153

Algoma District Services Administration Board

3,901,207

3,988,179

86,972

District of Cochrane Social Service Administration Board

7,679,650

7,508,380

-171,270

District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board

7,297,199

7,016,869

-280,330

District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board

4,170,982

4,034,125

-136,857

District of Sault Ste Marie Social Services Administration Board

5,588,894

5,398,723

-190,171

District of Timiskaming Social Services Administration Board

5,722,158

5,491,866

-230,292

Kenora District Services Board

5,401,440

5,427,223

25,783

Manitoulin-Sudbury District Social Services Administration Board

4,456,270

4,385,918

-70,352

Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board

2,668,101

2,524,478

-143,623

District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board

10,922,596

10,700,552

-222,044

PROVINCIAL TOTAL

1,071,574,200

1,030,937,285

-40,636,915

 

TABLE 2. Total Ontario child care funding, 2018 and 2019

Municipality (CMSM/DSSAB)

Total Funding 2018

Total Funding 2019

Difference

Corporation of the City of Brantford

13,115,442

12,430,114

-685,328

City of Cornwall

11,444,547

10,723,189

-721,358

City of Greater Sudbury

23,343,371

22,029,176

-1,314,195

The City of Hamilton

72,195,010

68,765,483

-3,429,527

Corporation of the City of Kawartha Lakes

7,512,097

7,149,978

-362,119

Corporation of the City of Kingston

14,401,560

13,189,052

-1,212,508

Corporation of the City of London

51,122,672

48,806,622

-2,316,050

City of Ottawa

126,472,512

121,911,048

-4,561,464

Corporation of the City of Peterborough

13,370,074

12,705,573

-664,501

Corporation of the City of St. Thomas

10,036,028

9,230,987

-805,041

Corporation of the City of Stratford

6,425,424

6,117,484

-307,940

City of Toronto

460,668,131

433,115,125

-27,553,006

Corporation of the City of Windsor

46,114,953

43,676,276

-2,438,677

Corporation of the County of Bruce

6,004,654

5,923,804

-80,850

Corporation of the County of Dufferin

5,252,371

5,111,339

-141,032

Corporation of the County of Grey

8,800,778

8,474,188

-326,590

Corporation of the County of Hastings

13,231,203

12,783,812

-447,391

Corporation of the County of Huron

5,674,309

5,173,765

-500,544

Corporation of the County of Lambton

17,097,576

16,266,972

-830,604

County of Lanark

6,835,013

6,361,437

-473,576

County of Lennox & Addington

5,420,287

5,056,010

-364,277

County of Northumberland

6,861,191

6,459,260

-401,931

County of Oxford

8,847,296

8,334,220

-513,076

County of Renfrew

8,809,286

8,388,703

-420,583

County of Simcoe

41,781,411

40,088,170

-1,693,241

County of Wellington

19,545,516

19,392,561

-152,955

District Municipality of Muskoka

5,475,799

5,291,979

-183,820

Corporation of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent

15,564,238

14,995,028

-569,210

The Corporation of Norfolk County

9,096,961

8,651,611

-445,350

Regional Municipality of Durham

65,361,547

63,510,485

-1,851,062

Regional Municipality of Halton

56,592,471

54,294,330

-2,298,141

Regional Municipality of Niagara

42,965,117

40,519,596

-2,445,521

Regional Municipality of Peel

171,662,193

162,900,069

-8,762,124

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

54,926,560

52,639,822

-2,286,738

Regional Municipality of York

133,582,369

129,215,314

-4,367,055

United Counties of Leeds & Grenville

8,626,440

8,077,188

-549,252

United Counties of Prescott & Russell

10,290,682

9,440,343

-850,339

Algoma District Services Administration Board

5,519,027

5,638,132

119,105

District of Cochrane Social Service Administration Board

11,374,111

11,044,411

-329,700

District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board

11,897,562

11,239,913

-657,649

District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board

5,941,004

5,686,585

-254,419

District of Sault Ste Marie Social Services Administration Board

8,561,210

8,230,193

-331,017

District of Timiskaming Social Services Administration Board

7,969,666

7,625,461

-344,205

Kenora District Services Board

7,493,537

7,455,092

-38,445

Manitoulin-Sudbury District Social Services Administration Board

6,424,465

6,387,491

-36,974

Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board

3,728,158

3,519,696

-208,462

District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board

16,103,935

15,449,476

-654,459

PROVINCIAL TOTAL

$1,669,539,764

$1,589,476,563

-$80,063,201

 


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