(KENORA) June 16, 2017 – The Honourable Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for the Kenora riding, today expressed his full support for the child care agreement reached between the federal and Ontario governments.
“Today marks a significant step forward for families and children in Ontario. I’m happy to see that this new three-year bilateral agreement will invest $435 million towards increasing the accessibility and affordability of child care, along with quality early learning opportunities in the province.
“I’m confident this investment will build on Ontario’s commitment to help 100,000 more children aged four and under receive access to quality licensed child care over the next five years. It will also make it more affordable for families through increased subsidies and community-based funding.
“This announcement comes just days after the historic multilateral Federal-Provincial/Territorial agreement on an Early Learning and Child Care Framework. This agreement sets the foundation for governments to work towards a long-term vision where children from all walks of life will have access to quality care and education. Ontario is proving to be a leader by becoming the first province to reach an agreement with the federal government.
“I feel this illustrates the federal government’s willingness to increase the quality, accessibility, affordability, flexibility, and inclusivity of child care. It’s paramount we continue to help families now and in the future.”
Federal Budgets 2016 and 2017 proposed to invest $7.5 billion over 11 years, starting in 2017-2018, to support and create more high-quality, affordable child care across the country, particularly for families more in need. Of this investment:
- $95 million will go towards closing data gaps, to better understand what child care looks like in Canada and track progress.
- $100 million will go towards early learning and child care innovation.
- A portion of this investment will be dedicated to improving access to culturally appropriate early learning and child care programs for all Indigenous children.
• In the coming months, the federal government will work with each province and territory to enter into three-year bilateral agreements that will address the early learning and child care needs unique to its jurisdiction and funding allocation.
• Through the bilateral agreements, the Government of Canada will provide provinces and territories with $1.2 billion over the next three years for early learning and child care programs. Governments will report annually on progress made in relation to the Framework and bilateral agreements.
• On June 6, 2017, Ontario released its Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework and Expansion Plan, which outlines a vision for a high-quality, inclusive and affordable early years and child care system.
• Since 2010-11, child care funding in Ontario has increased by 60 per cent to more than $1.37 billion annually.
• Since 2012-13, the number of licensed child care spaces in Ontario has grown to 389,286 – an increase of 32 per cent.
• Research shows that there are positive relationships between quality early learning and child care, parental labour market participation and child development outcomes. This is particularly true for vulnerable children.
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