Ontario parents welcome new focus on daycare
Nadine Blum comments on the Speech From the Throne
On Monday, September 12, 2016, Ontario’s Liberal Government gave its speech from the throne, outlining its priorities in the coming months.
One of the government’s top priorities is to increase access to child care for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers over the next five years. As the Toronto Star reports, the government promised to add 100,000 more licensed spots in schools, workplaces and community settings across Ontario.
The Star spoke to Nadine Blum, who spearheaded the campaign against daycare waitlist fees.
Toronto parent Nadine Blum is also concerned about the high cost of care.
Increasing the supply “is certainly a positive step,” said Blum, whose petition last spring to end daycare wait list fees of between $20 and $200 led the province to ban the practice starting this month.
“But I did not hear any specific commitments to address the issue of daycare fees,” she said.