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Ontario ending fees for child care wait lists

Staff Writer |
Ontario has filed a regulation to end fees for child care wait lists to improve the accessibility of child care and make life easier for families.

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The ban will take effect September 1, 2016, and will prevent licensed child care centres and home child care agencies from charging fees or requiring deposits to join child care wait lists.

The regulatory amendments also require licensed child care providers to develop a public wait list policy that clearly explains how children on a wait list are offered admission, and ensure wait list status is made available to families, in a manner that protects the confidentiality of their personal information.

The regulation was developed with feedback from public consultations and from the Ontario Regulatory website, with strong support for a ban on wait list fees from parents, child care providers and municipalities. The consultation period was open from May 17 to July 4, 2016.

Ontario is the first province in Canada to ban child care wait list fees. Ontario is investing $269 million over three years to support a wage increase for early childhood educators and other child care professionals in licensed child care settings.

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