The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, announced on March 28, 2022, an agreement that will deliver affordable, inclusive, and high-quality child care for families in Ontario.
This Canada-Ontario early learning and child care agreement is a five-year deal to reduce child care fees in the short term. $10-a-day child care for Ontario families, and create 86,000 new licensed early learning and child care spaces in the province.
Ontario is home to nearly 860,000 children ages five and younger and nearly two million children ages 12 and under. Representing approximately 38% of Canada’s child care–aged population.
In 2019, Ontario had only 289,000 childcare spaces for children five years old and younger, this number that will increase by 86,000 by the end of 2026.
Here’s what you need to know about the $10 a day child care deal
1. Under the new deal, Ontario families with children five years old and younger in licensed childcare centres will see fees reduced. That’s includes licenced home daycare as well.
2. Families will see fees reduced up to 25% Starting April 1.
The April-May reduction will be paid retroactively in June. That means your fees for April-May will stay the same for now and you will get a rebate with the June payment.
3. The refund will be provided directly from your licensed child care provider.
4. By December 2022, there will be another reduction in child-care costs- up to 50%. In total, the province said fees for families will be reduced, on average, by 50 percent.
5. By September 2025, the average price for child care should be $10 a day. Therefore, some daycares will cost more than $10.
6. As part of the deal, the Ontario government will create 86,000 new spaces in child care by the end of 2027.
The Ontario government will set up a new minimum-wage floor for child-care workers of $18 an hour for staff, and $20 an hour for supervisors. Those wages will be up by $1 an hour each year until the floor hits $25 per hour.
6. What if I get a child care subsidy? Your Child care subsidy will stay the same. As part of the bill, child care subsidies will remain the same.
7. On average, each family will save about $6,000 per year.
8. Ontario will work with municipalities to enroll over 5,000 licensed child care centres and home child care agencies in the new program. The timing is between now and September 1.
Ontario is finally joining this deal and will be offered affordable child care support for families.
In the last 7 years, I paid more than $2,000 each month for child care. At some point, I was paying $2,800 a month for a baby room + before and aftercare for my kindergarten.
I believe the reduction of child care fees will help more families provide better child care for their kids. In addition, more parents will be able to go back to work and families will have more opportunities.
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