Ontario municipalities consider direct talks with Ottawa on cheaper child care


Some Ontario municipalities are considering working directly with Ottawa on affordable child-care plans as federal-provincial talks drag on.

Toronto City Council was to hear a motion today asking for the option to try appealing directly to the federal government on the $10-per-day child-care plan if the province doesn’t make a deal.

Hamilton Emergency and Community Services committee members are set to consider a similar motion later this month.

Both motions point to importance of affordable child-care in pandemic recovery plans and the need to support parents – particularly women – re-entering the workforce.

Last month, Niagara Regional Council directed staff to investigate the possibility of a municipal-federal agreement so the region can participate in the plan.

The federal government has promised to spend $30 billion over five years to cut child-care costs to an average of $10 per day across the country.

Seven provinces and one territory have inked deals with Ottawa, but Alberta and Ontario aren’t among them.

Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce has said the province is open to the plan but wants to keep negotiating to get more funding and protect offerings of the current system.



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