Canada-Ontario Early Learning and Child Care AgreementPublished on September 04, 2020
On September 3, 2020 Education Minister Lecce announced a one-year extension of the Canada-Ontario Early Learning and Child Care Agreement that allocates nearly $147 million to Ontario for 2020-21. Ontario is investing more in child care to ensure it is safe, accessible and affordable for working moms and dads. The extension of the agreement will ensure funding continues to flow so that child care remains available to parents as they return to work today and into the future.
This funding complements the government’s investment of over $2 billion in early years and child care in 2020-21, and the investment of up to $1 billion to create up to 30,000 new child care spaces in schools over the next five years. Child care and early years programs play an integral role in the learning and development of children, and we know how important it is to allow the sector to fully reopen, with strict health and safety guidelines.
On September 1, to align with the school reopening plan, licensed child care centres across Ontario were permitted to open at full capacity, while EarlyON Child and Family Centres were permitted to reopen with in-person programming. The commitment to parents is that we will never waver in prioritizing the health and safety of their children. We will continue to follow the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the COVID-19 Command Table to ensure a safe environment for all children and staff.
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