Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

March 28, 2016 23:41 ET

Media Advisory: Advocates for better child care standards deliver 5000-name petition to MPP's office

MPP Lisa Gretzky to present petition against proposed regulation changes for licensed child care to Ontario legislature

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 28, 2016) - A delegation of Windsor-area families, child care centre operators, and child care professionals will visit the office of Lisa Gretzky, MPP for Windsor West, on Tuesday. They will deliver a petition signed by some 5,000 Ontarians who are demanding a halt to government proposals to lower current provincial standards for licensed child care.

The government is imposing changes to regulations that pose potential safety risks to 12- to 18-month-olds, who will now be cared for alongside toddlers up to 2 years of age. The new regulations also hold serious implications for the progress of child development and will result in an overall reduction in number of infant child care places.

Unlike legislation, regulatory proposals can be made by the government in power following a 45-day comment period; the period for these proposals ends April 1.

WHO: Families, child care workers, and other community members concerned about proposed new regulations that will see 12- to 18-month-olds grouped in child care with toddlers up to 2 years of age
WHAT: Delivery of a 5,000-signature petition calling on the government to cancel proposed changes to licenced child care, which would change age ranges, educator-to-child ratios, group sizes, staffing and changes to physical spaces
WHEN: Tuesday, March 29 at 3.30pm
WHERE: Constituency office of Lisa Gretzky MPP, Unit 5, 321 Tecumseh Road East, Windsor

More information about the changes is available at http://www.childcareontario.org/ontario_s_proposed_regulation_changes.

Contact Information

  • Kim Gilbert
    Child Care Representative
    Social Services Committee
    CUPE Ontario
    519-817-2579

    Mary Unan
    Communications
    647-390-9839