Dec 19, 2022
By Christine Ross
Ontario is launching a $213-million grant program for child-care operators to create new spaces.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the new, one-time grants will help new and existing child-care operators offset initial costs of expanding or creating spaces, such as buying equipment or renovating facilities.
Families should be receiving rebates for 25 per cent on average off their fees back to April, with that increasing to 50 per cent reductions by the end of this year.
The deal between the province and the federal government is committed in its $10-a-day deal in March to create 71,000 new child-care spaces by 2026.
The news spaces were allocated to communities based on demographics, socio-economic indicators, and existing licenced child-care capacity.
The centres will be a mix of not-for-profit and for-profit centres.
Toronto will receive 5,763 spots, Durham gets 2,029 and York will receive 1,049.