Four-month-old boy died in unlicensed daycare

CBC News Toronto

“Ontario's Education Ministry has confirmed that a four-month-old boy who died on Valentine's Day was in the care of an unlicensed daycare operating in northwest Toronto.”

Education Minister Liz Sandals confirmed in a statement that her staff was informed of the death by police on Feb 18th.

"My heart goes out to the family and loved ones of the child at this devastating time," said Sandals in a statement. "My ministry has begun an investigation and will fully cooperate with any other authorities conducting investigations about this incident."

Andrea Calver, coordinator of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, said on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning that “deaths like this highlight a greater problem in child care: too much demand and not enough licensed daycare spaces, forcing parents to turn to home day cares.”

"This isn't really a criminal issue," "We need to look at why children are in unlicensed childcare. Most parents would choose a childcare that had rules, regulations, trained staff and yet 80 per cent of children are in unlicensed childcare. There are no rules. Anyone can open one."

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