Ombudsman Ontario

Ombudsman Ontario

July 12, 2013 14:47 ET

Ontario Ombudsman Orders Case Assessment on Daycare Issue

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 12, 2013) - Ontario Ombudsman André Marin has directed staff to conduct a case assessment to determine whether or not an investigation is warranted in relation to the recent death of a child in a home-based daycare in Vaughan. This assessment is being done in response to a complaint received today via an open letter from MPP Monique Taylor (NDP - Hamilton Mountain).

"In light of the serious allegations raised in Ms. Taylor's complaint, the strong public interest in the issue and the potential systemic implications, I have asked our Special Ombudsman Response Team [SORT] to do this assessment," Mr. Marin said. They will consider factors such as the Ministry of Education's monitoring and enforcement relating to unlicensed child care settings.

The Ombudsman's Office oversees the Ministry, which is responsible for administration of the Day Nurseries Act, including inspections and investigating complaints about daycares.

Such an assessment is always the first step in any Ombudsman investigation. SORT was established in 2005 to handle major systemic investigations. Staff have been directed to complete the assessment as quickly as possible, Mr. Marin said.

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