roadmap feedback

Share your ideas about the Roadmap to Universal Child Care in Ontario. You can post your answers to the Roadmap's discussion questions here. If you have an idea for a Policy Brief or Program Profile, please share them. 

  • Lorna Weigand
    commented 2021-07-24 16:05:19 -0400
    I was thrilled to get the email from the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care about Child Care Now. I am a 77 year old grandmother of 4 children ages 5 to 16. When I was working in northwest Toronto I was an advocate for Middle Childhood Matters, especially for Out of School Time activities for children and youth. I hope the time is right for Canadians to build a system that truly supports families and children. I think your focus on high quality programs at a truly affordable cost with a liveable wage for child care workers is the right way to move forward. Ideally there will come a day when public school and public childcare will truly be combined in a seamless way. Every community should have a school combined with a child and youth centre at its centre. This would also help to build strong communities.
  • Tanya Fisher
    commented 2021-07-14 09:06:32 -0400
    Unless wages for childcare workers are increased this is a half baked plan
  • Svenja-Maria Gran-Ruaz
    commented 2021-07-13 10:33:35 -0400
    I think that Universal Child Care for Canada is an exciting prospect. It is my understanding that part of the reason for this plan is to ensure women have a place in the workforce. What will happen to the thousands of women across the country who currently run licensed and unlicensed Home Daycares? Will they lose their jobs or will they be included in the governments $10.00 per day subsidy program if they are/become licensed? Home Daycares have received a bad reputation due to a few horrible instances, run by incompetent individuals. But many many children and families have had wonderful experiences in Home Daycares. It is also important to remember that neglect, abuse and injury have also occurred in large licensed facilities. The plan to provide children with safe, quality care is important, but why not include the quality licensed home daycares and allow these women to keep their jobs? When will they be discussed in this plan?
  • Cheryl Prentice
    commented 2021-07-13 08:24:01 -0400
    A major piece I believe would make a large difference is the government supporting the rent for the not for profits. As a not for profit child care centre, i can attest to the financial support that having no rent gives the centre. We pay a dollar a year and i think this is the key to being able to find a lot of money in the child care system. Some centres pay upwards of 20k a month for their space. Rent and facilities maintenance is a large unaccounted for expense in child care and without the burden centres would be able to reduce fees and pay educators a higher wage while not losing money.
  • Bhumika Jhamb
    commented 2021-07-12 12:41:31 -0400
    Sorry there was a typo in my email. My name is Bhumika and I submitted my feedback relating to making childcare affordable for everyone, irrespective of their status in Canada. I came here on a work permit and did not have access to child subsidy. It really affects parents, especially women. Thanks!
  • Bhumika Jhamb
    commented 2021-07-12 12:37:37 -0400
    Hey, thanks for your advocacy on affordable child care. I came to Canada as an immigrant on a work permit and was therefore unable to apply for the child care subsidy. At that time, all of what I earned used to go to the daycare as my daughter was around 2 years old and I couldn’t have joined workforce without placing her in a daycare. Many women like me who come on a work permit are facing this issue. Affordable child care should be available to everyone, irrespective of their status in the country.
  • Carolyn Ferns
    published this page 2021-07-07 13:29:52 -0400