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Ontario’s Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework

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Publication Date: 
7 Jun 2017



The Ontario government has released a new policy framework that makes a long-term commitment to universally accessible early learning and child care, outlining seven key areas of action to be carried out over the next five years including strategies to improve access; availability of spaces; affordability; expansion through the non-profit and public sectors; the workforce; public awareness of child care options; inclusion, Indigenous services, understandings of quality; and measurement of progress in these areas with improved data collection. 

This page presents selected government materials regarding this framework as well as organizational responses to this exciting annoucement and associated news coverage. We will continue to update this page as new developments occur.

Governement documents 

Towards universally accessible child care: Ontario's five-year action plan
Government of Ontario, 6 Jun 2017

"Ontario is committed to building a system with enough affordable child care spaces for all families who want them. The Renewed Early Years and Child Care Framework lays out a clear plan to take bold steps towards that goal. Within the next five years, we expect to double the current capacity of licensed child care for children aged 0-4 in the province. Our intention is that expansion will focus on the public and not-for-profit sectors. This carefully planned approach steadily increases the number of children accessing high-quality child care while delivering transformative change."

Ontario's Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework
Government of Ontario, 6 Jun 2017

"Our vision for the early years and child care: All children and families have access to a range of high-quality, inclusive and affordable early years and child care programs and services that are child- and family-centred and contribute to children’s learning, development and well-being." 

Ontario making child care more accessible and affordable for families
Government of Ontario, 6 Jun 2017

"Ontario is transforming its early years and child care system, to give children the best possible start in life. This renewed framework lays the foundation for the long-term success of our children and our province. This significant investment in new capital funding will help an additional 45,000 children find a space in licensed child care. All of this will make life easier for Ontario families.”

Organizational responses

A welcome commitment to universally accessible child care
Childcare Resource and Research Unit, 6 Jun 2017

"We very much agree with the government’s intention to expand significantly through not-for-profit services as well as the commitment to strengthening inclusion and to better data."

Federal government should join Ontario in setting universally accessible child care as the goal
Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada, 6 Jun 2017

"The federal government should use its spending power to encourage and support making early childhood education and child care universally accessible across Canada rather than continue to pursue the current patchwork and market-based approach to child care that has proven to be a dismal failure on all counts.”

AECEO response to Ontario's Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework & Five Year Action Plan
Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario, 6 June 2017

"RECEs in Ontario play a valuable and important role in keeping the province moving. We shape future generations and are excited to help shape this groundbreaking transformation of Ontario’s early years and child care sector."

Affordable, accessible childcare must be publicly funded, says OFL
Ontario Federation of Labour, 6 June 2017

"Providing affordable childcare is proven to increase the earning power of women in families. However, child care jobs are often part-time, contract, and low waged, adding to the number of precarious workers in this province," said OFL Secretary-Treasurer Patty Coates. "All child care spaces in this province must be publicly funded and run if they are to help families and combat the rise of precarious work."

News coverage 

Ontario pledges $1.6B to create 45,000 new child-care spots
Toronto Star, 6 Jun 2017

Ontario's new day care plan applauded by Sudbury operators
CBC News, 7 Jun 2017

Provincial child care plan
CBC News, 7 Jun 2017

Universal child care expected for Ontario
CBC News, 6 Jun 2017

Ontario commits to universally accessible child care
Toronto Star, 6 Jun 2017

Ontario making it more affordable for home daycares to become licensed
Toronto Star, 5 Jun 2017

Province's child care affordability study to be led by U of T prof
Toronto Star, 20 July 2017

Entered Date: 
7 Jun 2017
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