Proposed Ontario child care law might save two Toronto daycares

Toronto Star

New provincial child care legislation, reintroduced by the Kathleen Wynne government this week, may give Toronto new powers to stop commercial child-care centres from gobbling up non-profit daycares when their leases expire, say city staff. If approved, the legislation may offer some protection to two non-profit daycares that are poised to lose their leases to a for-profit child care chain willing to pay more rent. Under the proposed Child Care Modernization Act, the provincial Education Ministry is still responsible for licensing child care in Ontario. But a new clause requires the province to consider the advice of municipalities when issuing a licence that is inconsistent with the municipality’s child-care service plan. If the legislation passes, Toronto could ask the province to deny Kids and Company’s request for a licence in these two daycare locations since the city’s child-care service plan clearly favours non-profit or public child care over commercial operations. Although the percentage of for-profit child-care spaces in Canada has grown to almost 30 per cent, the commercial sector in Ontario is dropping. Just 24 per cent of the province’s daycare spots are for-profit, the third lowest in Canada.

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