Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

February 25, 2005 09:00 ET

ST. CATHARINES CHILD CARE FORUM

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ST. CATHARINES CHILD CARE FORUM
Howard Johnson, Lock I
89 Meadowvale Drive
St. Catharines
Monday, February 28, 2005
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

This is a critical time for Canada's children. The recent Federal budget outlined its commitment to spend $5 billion, over five years, for the creation of a national early learning and child care system. A very modest amount of money has been allocated for the first year.

Parents and child care communities across the country have been working harder than ever to ensure that our governments get the building blocks for a system right - right from the start.

The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, the Ontario Federation of Labour, and the Canadian Labour Congress are holding Forums, hosted by local labour councils, in 15 cities across Ontario from February 21 to March 10.

Now is the time to pressure governments at every level for the creation of a national early learning and child care system based on Quality, Universal, Accessible and Developmental principles.

There will be another meeting of Federal, Provincial and Territorial ministers in early March to attempt to get an agreement on the foundation of a national child care system. The Ontario government can play a critical leadership role in the establishment of a national child care system that will directly benefit Canadian families, their children and early childhood workers.

In attendance at the St. Catharines Child Care Forum:

Kira Heineck, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
Wayne Samuelson, President, Ontario Federation of Labour

Come and hear what's at stake for child care in St. Catharines, share your experiences and ideas and participate to ensure a high quality child care system for Ontario and Canada. /For further information: Kira Heineck (416) 529-7521 (Cellular); Wayne Samuelson (416) 571-7408 (cellular)/ IN: JUSTICE, LABOUR, MEDIA, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Dana Boettger, OFL Communications
    Primary Phone: 416-443-7665