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Finding child care information

View the 78 ideas submitted to Childcare. Five ideas were reviewed at the Public Workshops but did not move forward to voting.

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The problem

Finding reliable information about available child care is a challenge for Ontario families. We recognize that:

  • demand for child care, particularly for children under four years of age, is higher than the number of licensed child care spots available
  • parents in Ontario struggle to access affordable child care
  • some families may not know about the financial supports available to help them pay for licensed child care

We believe that Ontarians should be able to choose from a range of high-quality child care programs that work best for their family at a reasonable cost.


We want to give Ontario’s children the best possible start in life. Although we’ve removed wait list fees, expanded before and after school programming for 6-12 year olds, and committed to helping 100,000 more children, aged 0-4, access affordable, quality licensed child care over the next five years, what new solutions or tools could we put in place to help parents find child care information more easily?

Who we're trying to help

We want to help parents and families:

  • understand the benefits of child care programs
  • find information about child care services, including:
    • how they can apply for fee subsidies
    • what is available in their local communities so they can make informed decisions that meet their child/children’s needs
    • inspection and violation information on child care providers

What we’re doing/have done

More money in the child care system

Over the next five years, we’ve committed:

  • to help 100,000 more children, aged 0-4, access licensed child care
  • to spending $1.6 billion dollars to support the creation of 45,000 new spaces in schools, and communities

Telephone help desk

We have two help desks that parents and child care operators can call if they have questions about licensed or unlicensed child (opens in a new window) care in Ontario. You can, for example:

  • find a list of child care locations and operators near you
  • learn how to become a licensed child care provider
  • report a complaint about a child care provider
  • ask any other questions you might have

Online resources

We have a number of online tools, including a:

We have also information online about:

Talking to families

In Fall 2016 and Winter 2017, we went out across Ontario to get feedback on the child care and early years system (opens in a new window). We spoke to families, child care providers and other key partners to learn more about the challenges of finding child care and ways to transform the child care system.

This feedback was used to create our 7 point plan to modernize the child care system (opens in a new window).

We’ve updated legislation

On August 31, 2015, the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (opens in a new window), came into force.

This legislation supports the health, safety and well-being of the province’s children and sets the rules child care operates must follow, such as:

  • staffing and group sizes
  • nutrition
  • any health and medical issues (for example, allergies)

Learn more

Visit the Ministry of Education website (opens in a new window) to learn more about child care in Ontario.


78 ideas submitted to Childcare


Capping maximum daycare and before and aftercare fees

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

The cost of both daycare and before/aftercare is insane in Toronto. The minimum wage and caregiver to child ratio in Ontario is the same everywhere, yet an infant spot in Toronto is currently going for $2,200 per month vs.

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Created on October 27, 2017 by Julia Pt.

Caregivers2Caregivers

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

Todays families are more disconnected because of distance. Other families are separated/isolated or it’s due to divorce, and or death and heath related issues.

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Created on October 20, 2017 by ConnectingSeniors2Community.

Central Child Care Locator

This idea did not move past government review because it would duplicate a service that is already available, work that has been completed or work underway.

I think there should be one central website for caregivers in Ontario and parents looking for licensed child care.

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Updated on October 26, 2017 by Nicole MacDonald.  4 comments

Child Care Affordability

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

Provide direct benefit to low and middle income class families to significantly offset the cost of licensed child care.

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Created on October 13, 2017 by Debbie_121315.

Child care by seniors

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

Develop a program guided at having seniors provide childcare. This program would adminster an essential skills training/test to seniors to ensure they can safely provide childcare.

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Created on October 13, 2017 by Jonathan10.  4 comments

Child Care Centres In Senior Centres

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

I propose that the Government of Ontario partner with the Older Adults Centres' Association of Ontario (OACAO) and the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario (AECEO) to conduct a research study to see which senior centres might b

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Created on November 1, 2017 by BringingChildrenAndElderlyTogether.  1 comment

Childcare Fee, Other Govt Subsidy/Grants & Tax Deduction

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

Childcare fee should be a flat rate which is affordable regardless of the income and size. Having subsidy ONLY for families within certain level of income kills the families who are barely making it.

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Created on October 29, 2017 by ColyCn.

Childcare is early education

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

As we all know that the early years are crucial to a person's life (there was a study done in 1998/1999). The government should include quality early childhood education as part of our public education system.

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Created on November 4, 2017 by Eskaycee.

Childcare with flexible time

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

It is challenging for new mom to look for new job.
To start my new job search, then apply and attend interviews, I need to leave my baby in childcare for few days, which no licensed daycare would accept.

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Created on October 23, 2017 by Sumathi.  1 comment

Children

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

The percentage of children in pre-school, JK & SK with discipline and/or behavior issues aside from Autism or ADHD. It takes away from the other childres day the time & efforts required to calm or adjust them throughout the day.

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Created on October 29, 2017 by Celine Mac.

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