Press release, May 2, 2018
Ontario is continuing to make it easier for families in Sudbury to find high-quality licensed childcare by creating another 24 new spaces that will help to accommodate families taking advantage of the government’s free preschool child care program.
The Garderie Place des Arts in Sudbury is to be built within a new 60,000 sq. ft. multi-disciplinary arts and culture centre. The $750,000 investment will create for 6 infant, 10 toddler, and 8 preschool childcare spaces.
Glenn Thibeault, MPP for Sudbury announced today that the province is funding 24
new licensed child care spaces in Sudbury.
Today’s announcement is part of a series of actions the government is taking to ensure that every child and family has access to a range of high-quality and affordable child care.
This funding is on top of the government’s investment in renovation and addition projects at schools across the province, which will create more than 15,000 new licensed child spaces.
It is the latest step in creating 100,000 more child care spaces for children from 0 to 4 over the next five years.
Since September 2016, Ontario has increased access to licensed child care for a total of 31,000 children aged 0-4.
Beginning in 2020, the government is making licensed preschool child care absolutely free for kids from age 2.5 until they can start kindergarten.
Building more child care spaces and making child care more affordable will give parents, especially women, more choice about when and if they return to work, which will help close the gender wage gap and grow Ontario’s economy.
Providing parents with more choices for high-quality and affordable child care is part of the government’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change.
The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from ages 2.5 to kindergarten.