Get the Facts About The Child Care And Early Years Act
The Ontario Minister of Education tabled Bill 10--The Child Care Modernization Act-- in July of 2014. The Bill has since been passed and the Government has issued new regulations that came into force as of August 31, 2015. Parents, educators, child care providers and Opposition MPPs have all expressed serious concerns about the Act and the fact that the Government curtailed debate about it. Some parents report feeling that the Act has pushed them into reliance on larger, institutionalized care settings, rather than respecting the broadest range of parental choices. Many fear that the new Act will force even more independent licensed child care programs to close.
The new Act gives municipal governments the right to weigh in on Provincial licensing decisions. Since many municipalities run their own licensed child care programs, this is a clear conflict of interest. The Act also imposes new restrictions on the licensed child care sector, allowing Ministry employees to impose penalties of up to $100,000 for a contravention of the Act, with the only right of appeal being a review by another "designated senior employee” from the same Ministry. While it may inflict severe damage on the licensed child care sector, many experts say the new Act is unlikely to prevent overcrowded, illegal day cares from operating, which is why the Government introduced Bill 10 in the first place.
If you're concerned about the Ontario Government's child care policy or are experiencing increasingly limited or institutionalized child care choices, please let your MPP know. While a letter that you print and mail is generally more effective, even a quick email can help. You can find your MPP's contact information here. Please copy ADCO on your letter as well, so that we can more fully understand the challenges you are facing.