Ontario Tour on Child Care Funding

January 24, 2011, 3:43 PM EST


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Starting January 25 a tour is slated to cross Ontario calling on the provincial government to make affordable child care a public priority.

The tour, which is being organized by The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) and the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), gets underway in Belleville on January 25 at 5:30 pm at Family Space, 301 MacDonald Avenue. From Belleville it will travel to Peterborough, Hamilton, Thunder Bay, Windsor, London, Kitchener, Sudbury and Ottawa. 

Without new public investment in the 2011 provincial budget, Ontarians can expect to see child care fees increase from 15 to 30 per cent or suffer the closure of some programs, states a media advisory regarding the tour.

"In Ontario, only 20 per cent of children have access to a licensed child care space. Without subsidies like those in Manitoba and Quebec, that reduce fees to affordable levels, 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."

More information about the campaign can be found on the Coalition for Better Child Care website at www.childcareontario.org

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