Toronto ‘desperately’ needs more affordable daycare spaces, councillor says

Jan 26, 2016

Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star 

"The city’s budget review committee is seeking an additional $28.8 million for new programs and expanded services in the proposed $10 billion budget for 2016, including 24-hour warming centres for the homeless and secure door systems for public housing. But there is no new money for daycare subsidies.

“We know that fee subsidies and other funding is desperately needed to pay the highest child care fees in the country,” said Davis. A recent study put the median monthly cost of a licensed spot for an infant in Toronto at about $1,736.

“Thousands of parents need child care to go to work or school and find a way out of poverty,” said Davis (Ward 31 Beaches—East York.) “A poverty reduction strategy without added child care subsidies is not a strategy that will help parents get on their feet and on their way to financial independence.”"

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