Councillor Josh Matlow

Council Approves Strategy to Provide 30,000 New Child Care Spaces

As a parent of a four year old daughter, I know how difficult it is to find quality daycare space in Toronto. Like many of you, I had to put Molly on a waiting list shortly after she was born to ensure she would even have a spot. That’s why I was pleased that Council approved the Childcare Growth Strategy last week.

The program seeks to create 30,000 new licensed spaces in the city. The goal of the program is to ensure daycare spaces for 50% of children 0-4 years old by 2026. The percentage of children in that age range currently served by the city’s daycare system is 31 per cent.

The City initiative is contingent upon the federal and provincial governments contributing 80% of the costs. The province sent a strong signal that they are willing to contribute to this plan with a funding boost in last week’s budget.

For more information please see this CP24 article.

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