Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

February 22, 2008 13:36 ET

McGuinty Government Must Stop the Corporate Takeover of Child Care

Groups call for Moratorium on Licenses to Commercial Child Care, Launch Province-Wide Tour

Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2008) - A new for-profit company, 123 Busy Beavers, has incorporated in Ontario. Linked to ABC Learning Centres, the world's largest child care corporation and a company with shares traded on the Australian stock exchange, 123 Busy Beavers puts at risk our vision of quality, universal child care.

"Like water and health care, child care is something I never thought I would see traded on the stock exchange" said Eduardo Sousa, Ontario Coordinator, Council of Canadians.

Child care advocates are concerned that 123 Busy Beavers will reduce quality in early learning and child care and divert much needed public funding to corporate profits.

"In health care, we have seen that profits can take priority over patients. We have seen the impacts that private delivery can have - higher costs and lower quality as private companies seek a profit off of public services. I don't want to see child care facing the quality problems that profit-making companies create" said Natalie Mehra, Ontario Health Coalition.

The Council of Canadians, the Ontario Health Coalition and CUPE are among many groups that have signed on for the "It's Time for Public Child Care" campaign and will be participating in community meetings around the province leading up to debate on Bill 26 - which would ensure future licenses under the Day Nurseries Act were available only to not-for-profit child care providers.

WHO: Andrea Calver, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
Denise Hammond, CUPE Ontario
Natalie Mehra, Ontario Health Coalition
Eduardo Sousa, Council of Canadians

WHAT: Press Conference

WHERE: Queen's Park Media Studio, Main Legislative Building, Toronto

WHEN: Monday February 25, 2008 - 10:00 a.m.

cope343 /For further information: Andrea Calver
Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
416.434.8031/ IN: LABOUR, MEDIA, POLITICS, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Dana Boettger, OFL Communications
    Primary Phone: 416-441-2731 ext. 665
    Secondary Phone: 416-443-7665
    Toll-Free: 800-668-9138