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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


Consistent Delivery of Childcare Information Across Ontario (OneList).

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.

The Region of Waterloo (and a few other cities), offer a online centralized childcare registry and information service that simplifies the process of applying for child care called "OneList".

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Created on October 31, 2017 by Heather12345.  1 comment

Create a specific Au Pair Program

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

Introduce an Au Pair program, like many other countries around the world, where young people can come to Canada and provide childcare for a year or two.

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Created on October 27, 2017 by HF.

Create more childcare co-operatives

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

Create more child-care co-operatives.

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Created on October 23, 2017 by Multipass.

Creation of Centralized Tool for Childcare

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.

Problem Statement:

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Created on November 1, 2017 by littlebear.

Daycare at Workplace Initiative

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

As a Senior Director and General Manager, I travel extensively across the planet. In my recent visits in Asia, I noticed a very interesting trend.

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Created on October 24, 2017 by Dr Kaveh Kahen.  1 comment

Daycare Attached to Current School System

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

Currently, in Ontario per the Ontario Education Act Section 21(1), school is mandatory for "children that attain the age of 6 years by the first day of school in any year until age 18 or having obtained a secondary school graduation diploma o

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Created on October 24, 2017 by Shan007.

Daycare Directory

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.

Daycare is a difficult service to find with all of the rules and regulations that surround it.

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Created on October 24, 2017 by Tim Deyarmond.

Daycare travel agent

This idea did not move past government review because it would exceed $1 million in one-time funding and/or require ongoing funding.

Via Increased funding, support a resource staff “daycare navigator” as a follow up to the one stop central daycare wait list already in existence or a “daycare app” if created in the future.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by Daria S Ghaby.

Directly license independent child care providers

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

There needs to be childcare in my community in order for me to find information about it.

Disappearing childcare spaces are the root of the problem here.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by downeykn.

Early Years centres should formally help families find, select and access childcare resources.

This idea did not move past government review because it is not solely within the jurisdiction of the Government of Ontario.

Each Early Years Region should all have a central call center and web based portal for families.

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Created on October 19, 2017 by Patricia Cousins.  5 comments

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