Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

March 28, 2008 09:52 ET

LIBERAL GOVERNMENT URGED TO PASS BILL 26

IT'S TIME FOR PUBLIC CHILD CARE

Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(Marketwire - March 27, 2008) - New Democrat MPP, Andrea Horwath, has introduced legislation, Bill 26, to restrict new child care licenses to not-for-profit operators, while renewing licenses for existing for-profit operators. Bill 26 ensures that in the future, public money spent on child care goes to children, not profit, thereby making Ontario a less lucrative market for corporate child care providers.

123 Busy Beavers is a recently incorporated Ontario company linked to the world's largest child care corporation, ABC Learning Centres in Australia, a company traded on the Australian stock exchange.

The OCBCC recently toured nine Ontario communities to hold forums in support of Bill 26 and a not-for-profit child care system for Ontario. "Across Ontario, people want the Government to take action today and not wait until corporate profiteers gain a foothold in Ontario's child care system" said Irene Harris, Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario Federation of Labour.

"The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care has called for a moratorium on new licenses to commercial operators to keep 123 Busy Beavers out of Ontario. We have also called for the Ontario Government to amend Ontario's Day Nurseries Act to direct licenses to not-for-profit child care programs. We call on the Liberal Government to support Bill 26 and keep the profit out of child care" said Jenny Robinson, Executive Director, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care.

Why do we support a not-for-profit child care system? It's all about quality. Many studies over the past 30 years have demonstrated that not-for-profit child care provides higher quality early learning and child care for children. For-profit companies cut costs and quality, and increase fees to parents.

"Accountability for public funding is also a significant issue. Widespread expansion of foreign-owned corporate child care will suck up the little public money now going into child care and reduce the chances of a comprehensive Canadian early learning and child care program as government funds go to profits instead of our children" said Andrea Horwath, sponsor of Bill 26.

Three of Ontario's largest municipalities - Toronto, Ottawa, Sudbury, and recently, the Region of Peel, have decided that new public funding should be directed to not-for-profit child care programs.

cope343 /For further information: Jenny Robinson, Executive Director, OCBCC, 416.538.0628 ext 3 or 416.434.8031 (cell)
Andrea Horwath, NDP Critic for Children and Youth Services, 416.325.2777 / IN: HEALTH, LABOUR, MEDIA, POLITICS, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Irene Harris, OFL Secretary-Treasurer
    Primary Phone: 416-441-2731 ext. 651
    Secondary Phone: 416-347-0454
    Toll-Free: 800-668-9138