Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour
Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care.

Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care.

February 08, 2011 12:29 ET

Media Advisory: Will Child Care Survive?

Provincial Tour in Thunder Bay on Child Care Funding

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 8, 2011) - Without a new public investment in the 2011 provincial budget, Ontarians can expect to see child care fees increase from 15 to 30 per cent or cause some programs to close. The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care and the Ontario Federation of Labour are launching a provincial tour to call on the Ontario Government to make affordable child care a public priority. 

In Ontario, only 20 per cent of children have access to a licensed child care space. Without subsidies to reduce fees to affordable levels, like those in Manitoba and Québec, many Ontario parents are paying between $40 and $60 a day for each child. At this rate, child care fees can run between $10,000 and $15,000 a year and are often the second highest expense for young families.

The provincial tour has already visited Belleville and Peterborough and will be in Thunder Bay on Wednesday, February 9 to sound the alarm that a new financial crisis threatens Ontario's early learning and child care programs. The tour will visit Hamilton, Windsor, Kitchener, Sudbury and Ottawa over the coming month.

The Thunder Bay community forum will highlight the local importance of child care and the specific challenges facing parents in region.

WHO: Andrea Calver, Coordinator, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
  Sid Ryan, President, Ontario Federation of Labour
   
WHAT: Community Forum – Will Child Care Survive?
   
WHERE: West Thunder Community Centre, 915 South Edward Street
   
WHEN: Wednesday, February 9, 2011. from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
    Andrea Calver
    Coordinator
    416-538-0628 x 4
    416-434-8031 (cell)
    www.childcareontario.org
    or
    Ontario Federation of Labour
    Sid Ryan
    President
    416-209-0066 (cell)
    or
    Ontario Federation of Labour
    Joel Duff
    Communications
    416-443-7665
    416-707-0349 (cell)
    www.ofl.ca