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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


There’s an App for that

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.

There are many websites for parents to look at when looking for childcare. Create an app that shows everything from space availability, to licensing reports, costs, childcare centres closest to you. Links to Centres you are interested in.

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Created on November 2, 2017 by 417ECE.  1 comment

Three pronged solution

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

Affordability, availability and extended hours go hand in hand when discussing Ontario and in particular Toronto's childcare problem .

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Created on October 19, 2017 by Mother of two.  1 comment

Universal Care for Families

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

I would like to see the Government create child care equality for ALL families in Ontario. I live & work in Chatham.

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Created on October 24, 2017 by LisVil.

Universal child care for everyone

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

Many families struggle to pay for child care costs and force one parent to stay home this taking one able-bodied person out of the work force.

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Created on October 23, 2017 by Muimui82.  2 comments

Universal Childcare

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

Replace child benefits with universal child care.

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Created on October 22, 2017 by ts81.  2 comments

universal childcare for working families

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

I think there is some savings that could be had with publicly run, non-for-profit childcare/daycare for working families in the lower to mid income bracket, paid through a few possible devices or a combination of: raising taxes on large corporatio

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Created on November 1, 2017 by Teddy Vicente.

Wait list service for daycares in area

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

Create an online service for all daycares in the area that they don't have to pay per wait list.

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Created on October 27, 2017 by Marachanlol.

Weekend and night shifts

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

Liscence child care for people who do not work Monday to Friday with regular working jobs.

Large need for liscence child care for people who work 12 hour shifts, nights and weekends.

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Created on October 28, 2017 by Nutse.

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