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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


Employers daycare service plan

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

Ideally employers should help with providing and help offset the cost for day care. It would help families with good paying jobs. Help keep qualified workers in the work force and unemployment numbers.

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Created on November 2, 2017 by Tanash.

Enabling Every Child's Potential : "growupright"

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

Take this video published by '16x9onglobal' on 5th March, 2016 in Youtube (http://bit.ly/2hawgQS), it speaks about the Canada’s First Nations Children who are Canadian kids from isolated communities fo

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Created on November 2, 2017 by rajeshsnair.

Expand on what we already have ...

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

We already have licensed home child care services and centre based child care facilities that are heavily monitored in Ontario by the Early Years Act.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by maggiedog.

Extended hours

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

It’s it very hard for me to find daycare for my children. I work at a hospital and do shift work. All city run Daycare’s I couldn’t apply to as my shifts sometimes start at 7 am and can finish at 7 pm.

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Created on October 19, 2017 by CathyMoff.  3 comments

Extended-Hours Child Care in Shopping Mall

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

My idea is for the Government of Ontario to open ministry licensed childcare centres in vacant store fronts in shopping malls. The mall is under strict guidelines to open at 9 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.. If you are not open at 9 a.m.

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Updated on October 30, 2017 by JSugar.  1 comment

Eye-Exam Coverage Provided in-School and Free Access to Your Prescription Online

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

Eye-exams are not happening as proactively as they should, especially for students.

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Created on October 31, 2017 by DylanTrepanier.

Feed School Children Hot Lunches

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

Canadian children need a hot lunch at school. Let's see Canadian schools offer free lunches like European countries!

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Created on November 3, 2017 by ValG.  1 comment

Flexible childcare

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

I know there a some facilities that offer this but with in our city we need accessible child care.

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Created on October 21, 2017 by Crissy.

Flexible childcare

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

I am currently searching for childcare. My husband is a shift worker, so finding childcare which corresponds to his shifts is very difficult. Some weeks I would only require 2 days of childcare, while others weeks it would be up to 5 days.

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Created on October 25, 2017 by Ashley.  1 comment

Fund the child, not the daycare space, allowing parents to choose

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

The current structure of child care -- and how it's funded -- is an urban-centric model that only responds to the needs of high income earners/low-income earners who work M-F 9-5.

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Created on October 29, 2017 by quitecontrary.  1 comment

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