New report shows Ontario home to many of Canada's "child care deserts"

CCPA study finds Brampton and Kitchener have some of the lowest rates of child care coverage in the country.

An estimated 776,000 of non-school-aged children (44%) live in child care deserts in Canada, according to a new study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

For the first time in Canada, a CCPA report maps a complete list of licensed child care spaces against the number of children in a given postal code. Similar to the food desert concept, child care deserts are postal code areas with three or more children per licensed space. The proportion of children living in child care deserts by city is ranked in the table below.