The current rental agreement was negotiated by the city in 1998, a measure intended to stop school boards from steadily increasing the rent charged to child-care programs within their walls.
Without rent control, cash-strapped school boards could double rent charged to child-care facilities, a cost that would be passed on to parents.
" You're taking a lid off rental agreements that have kept the cost down," said Jane Mercer, executive director of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care. She predicts that rental rates will double if the plan is approved, and said the impact will be felt at other child care centres as well
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