From Bill 10 to ChildCare2020, it has been a busy few months for child care in Ontario and across the country. This update highlights a few of the major developments.
I hope that you have a safe and happy holiday season. The OCBCC office will be closed for the holidays from December 24th to January 5th. I look forward to continuing our work together for better child care in 2015. Look out for announcements in the new year of exciting events across the province.
Public Policy and Government Relations Coordinator
Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
Auditor-General’s report and OCBCC’s response
The Ontario Auditor-General’s annual report has found that Ontario’s child care “inspection processes and enforcement actions need to be improved to ensure that children are safe.”
● OCBCC: Ontario must get serious about child care following Auditor's reportBill 10 update
Bill 10 has passed third reading. Find out what changes were made at committee.
Watch the animated video of the ChildCare2020 vision.
● Like the video? Read the full vision paper in English and French.
● For a recap of the ChildCare2020 conference, check out this Storify series or press releases from the conference.
Parent Trap & Ontario
A recent study on child care fees from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives found Ontario has some of the highest and least affordable fees in the country.
● Watch OCBCC's Carolyn Ferns discuss high child care fees on CTV News.
● Toronto Star: GTA daycare fees highest in Canada
Ontario NDP and Liberals support national child care
An Opposition Day motion by Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath that Ontario "should partner with the federal government to ensure that every parent in Ontario has access to child care at a cost of no more than $15 a day per child" was carried with support of the NDP and Liberals.
● See also: Federal NDP announces child care plan with focus on affordability