Councillor Josh Matlow

More Support Needed for Affordable Childcare

As a parent of a 5 year old, I know all too well how difficult it is to find high quality child care. Like many parents, I had to put Molly on the waiting list at my local daycare before (?) she was even born. My family was privileged to be able to find a space and afford the high costs. Most parents are not that fortunate in Toronto.

The median cost of licensed child care for Toronto preschoolers is more than $1,200 a month, the highest in the country. There are only enough childcare spaces to serve 20 per cent of the city’s young children and fee subsidies to support just 30 per cent of Toronto’s low-income kids. About 50,000 parents are on wait lists for licensed child care in Toronto, and more than 12,000 children are waiting for fee subsidies.

The City had committed to matching 20% of a fairly modest $57 million contribution from the federal and provincial governments. Unfortunately, the Mayor and Budget Chief have spread that commitment out over three years. We need to invest in more affordable childcare now so that mothers and fathers can afford to work or further their education to provide a better life for their family

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