“An insult to educators, children and families”: Child care community views on the Ontario government’s proposed changes to the Child Care and Early Years Act.

The Ontario government is proposing changes to the Child Care and Early Years Act. The proposed regulations would make substantial changes to age ranges, staff to child ratios and group sizes (called “Schedule 2”); staff qualifications; before- and after-school programs; and discusses the introduction of an unlicensed child care registry.

The Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario and the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care carried out an online survey on the changes with 2,443 respondents (1,693 Early Childhood Educators and 741 parents with children in child care). The survey found overwhelming opposition to most of the proposed regulatory changes. Respondents were especially concerned about changes to age groups, staff to child ratios and qualifications.

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Ontario regulation proposal - fact sheet

As part of a 5-year review of the Child Care and Early Years Act, the Ontario government is proposing regulatory changes that could place some younger children into larger groups with fewer qualified staff.

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OCBCC's pre-budget brief, October 2020

Read our pre-budget brief submitted to the Ontario's government budget consultation.

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Revisiting "From Reopening to Recovery"

The report:

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Ontario's finance watchdog critiques Ford Conservatives' CARE Tax Credit

Ontario's Financial Accountability Office (FAO) has issued a scathing report of the Ford Conservatives' tax credit scheme.

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Media Advisory Child care supporters and City Councillors speak out against Ford government’s child care cuts

Parents and educators will be joined by Toronto City Councillors Mike Layton and Joe Cressy on Tuesday July 16th, at 12:30pm to speak about the impact of the Ford government’s cuts to child care and two motions going to Toronto City Council to help protect child care programs for Toronto families.

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Thousands of planned child care spaces may never be built because of Ford government funding cut

Ontario is at risk of losing thousands of planned child care spaces, including 3,049 spaces in Toronto because of the Ford government’s cuts to child care. A list obtained by the OCBCC from the City of Toronto shows that 51 planned projects previously approved by the province for development in schools, may never be built because the Ford government has reneged on a government promise to provide full operating funding to support the projects.

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