New grants to create more spaces in Ontario child care centers

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New Grants to Create More Child Care Spaces in Ontario

Ontario promised to create 71,000 child care spaces in the province.

Child care operators now have access to a $213 million subsidy program to create new spaces.

Last March, the province ratified an agreement with the federal government to provide child care for $10 a day. Ontario was also promising to create 71,000 new child care spaces by 2026. There would still be 53,000 spaces to be created by the deadline.

The Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the grants will help new child care operators as well as those already in place to absorb the costs of renovating or building facilities as well as purchasing equipment.

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The government has explained that subsidies will first be offered in areas where there have historically been fewer places.

Stephen Lecce made the announcement with Federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and her colleague, Families, Children and Social Development Minister Karina Gould.

Families to receive retroactive April a reimbursement of child care costs up to 25%. The discount will increase to 50% by the end of the year.

With information from La Presse canadienne

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