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July 15, 2004
City of Toronto welcomes provincial investment in child care
  
City of Toronto Councillor Olivia Chow, Chair of the Mayor's Roundtable on
Children, Youth and Education, congratulated the Province of Ontario today on
announcing the first new, substantial provincial spending on child care since
1995.

The Province is flowing $15 million in federal funds to the City of Toronto
under the Multilateral Framework Agreement on Early Learning and Child Care.
These resources for child care were promised in the 2004 Ontario Budget. The
new funds will assist the City in protecting fee-subsidized child care spaces
and in paying child care operators the full costs of the subsidized child care
spaces that they provide.

"This announcement is wonderful news for Toronto's children and their families.
The Province has listened to the City's call to support Toronto's child care
system," said Councilor Chow.
"The City was about to lose 1,300 subsidized child care spaces. This new
funding will keep children in child care and keep child care operators' doors
open."

"The City can now stabilize its children's services system and start to improve
and expand programs," said Brenda Patterson, General Manager of Children's
Services. "Toronto families that need fee subsidies will be able to admit their
children for child care this September."

The new funding for child care follows the Province's first allocation to the
City announced in January 2004 under the Multilateral Framework Agreement,
which was directed to health and safety improvements of child care facilities.

"I look forward to talking to Minister Marie Bountrogianni, who is a member of
the City's Roundtable on Children, Youth and Education, regarding future
opportunities to strengthen the City's system of services for young children,"
said Councillor Chow.

The Roundtable on Children, Youth and Education, comprising members from the
community and senior levels of government, will begin to meet in September and
will have a one-year mandate to report to the Mayor and Council on the next
steps towards developing integrated children's services in Toronto, as well as
a Toronto Youth Strategy.

Media contacts:
Councillor Olivia Chow, 416 567-4036 (Cell phone)
Brenda Patterson, General Manager, Children's Services,
416 392-8128



 

 

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