Posted January 23, 2018
Last year, Toronto Councillors voted unanimously to approve a Ten-Year Child Care Growth Strategy to increase access to affordable, quality child care in Toronto. An integral part of this strategy was a commitment by the City to match new Provincial and Federal funding for child care with 20% City funding. This is not in the 2018 budget.
Parents and child care advocates are appalled by the City’s withdrawal of this commitment. ACORN and allies held a press conference on Monday, January 22nd, calling on Mayor John Tory and The Budget Committee to step up, and keep their child care funding commitment.
ACORN, The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, The South Asian Women’s Rights Organization, and our council allies, scolded the city for breaking their promise to Toronto families.
"We trusted the Mayor and Toronto Council to follow through with their promise. Parents are being crushed by fees that are even higher than their rents. This just can't go on. Other governments have stepped up, now it is time for Toronto to do the same." Said parent and ACORN Member Pooria Just.
Toronto is the epicentre of Ontario’s child care crisis, with the highest child care fees and wait lists in the country. Toronto Councillors need to remember the promise they made to Toronto's parents and children. The Mayor and Budget Committee should keep their commitment and invest the promised 20% funding.
Toronto Star: Toronto urged to ‘step up’ for child care in 2018 budget