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  • November 25, 2016

Ontario Increasing Access to Child Care

Province Creating 3 New Licensed Child Care Spaces for Families


Ontario is creating 3 new licensed child care spaces in Wellington county, increasing the availability of safe and high-quality child care for local families, and promoting early learning and development.

The new spaces will be located in the following schools:

  • Rockwood Centennial P.S., in Rockwood, which will receive 3 licensed child care rooms and 49 spaces.
  • Erin P.S., in Erin, which will receive 3 licensed child care rooms and 49 spaces.
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School, in Rockwood, which will receive 3 licensed child care rooms and 49 spaces.

Overall, Ontario is investing in approximately 3,400 new licensed child care spaces across the province this year as a first step towards creating 100,000 more spaces within the next five years. This commitment will double the current capacity for 0-4 year olds in licensed child care.

Ontario is also seeking public input across the province on its early years and child care system. Feedback received from parents, families, experts and the public will help shape the government’s renewed vision and framework for early years programs and services, including the commitment to create 100,000 new licensed child care spaces within the next five years. To participate in the in-person or online consultations, please visit:

Investing in the early years and child care system is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


“Our government is taking great strides to improve access to safe and high-quality licensed child care in Ontario. This investment is wonderful news for East Wellington families.  The Ministry of Education is working with our Consolidated Municipal Service Manager (Wellington County) and local school boards (Upper Grand DSB and Wellington Catholic DSB) to identify locations for new child care spaces.”
— Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph

“Over the next five years, we are going to create an additional 100,000 licensed child care spaces. We are working hard to build a child care and early years system that gives our children the best start in life — and Ontario families the support and peace of mind they need."
— Indira Naidoo-Harris, Associate Minister of Education


  • Ontario is allocating an additional $65.5 million this year to help create 3,400 new child care spaces in schools across the province.
  • Since 2003–2004, the government has doubled child care funding to more than $1 billion annually, and the number of licensed child care spaces in Ontario has grown to nearly 390,000 — an increase of more than 108 per cent.
  • Ontario has banned child care providers from charging a fee to be placed on a waiting list. This change took effect September 1, 2016.


For more information, contact:

Jenny Waterston
Office of Liz Sandals, MPP
(519) 836-4190

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