When Toronto Mayor John Tory wrote to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne last month about funding for child care, he described the city’s child care situation as a “crisis.”
For those not in the depths of the city’s child care woes, that wording may have come as a surprise, but it is not hyperbole. We have a child care crisis in Ontario — a silent crisis borne by parents and educators — that is now at its tipping point.
Parent fees in Ontario are the highest in Canada. Early Childhood Educators struggle with low wages and precarious work. There are not enough quality programs for families that need them.