$400 million is supporting the early learning and child care sector
Sept. 8, 2020
Global Korean Post
The federal government entered into bilateral agreements with all provinces and territories to provide them with $1.2 billion over three years for early learning and child care programs, starting in 2017–18.
These important investments in early learning and child care helped to create close to 40,000 more affordable child care spaces nationally prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.
On Sept. 3, Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and Stephen Lecce, Ontario’s Minister of Education, announced additional support for early learning and child care through the one-year Canada–Ontario Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.
The agreement allocates nearly $147 million in 2020–21 for early learning and child care investments in Ontario. Considering the ongoing extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 crisis, Ontario will allocate funding under this agreement to short-term measures aimed at minimizing the impacts of the outbreak on Ontario’s early learning and child care system.
There are over 5,500 child care centres and 124 licensed home child care agencies across Ontario. As of September 1, 2020, licensed child care centres are permitted to operate at full capacity.