Province seeks updated childcare law, stiffer penalties for rule-breakers

The Ottawa Citizen

“The Ontario government wants to overhaul the province’s childcare legislation and introduce stiff penalties for unlicensed providers who break the rules.”

The new law comes in the wake of the deaths of three children in unlicensed child care, all which occurred within a six month time period. However, the government has been working on updating the child care legislation for more than a year.

Education Minister Liz Sandals announced on Tuesday the Child Care Modernization Act will replace the Day Nurseries Act, which has not been reviewed for 30 years.

The new legislation would give authority to the Education Ministry to impose administrative fines of up to $100,000 per infraction to child care providers. This will not require them to go through the court system, which is something that is currently in place.

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