The Ontario government and the Federal government have reached a deal on childcare, after months of negotiations.
Minister of Education Stephen Lecce says reducing costs for parents was something that was a big priority during discussions.
Lecce says negotiations were important to make sure it was done right.
The goal is to have child care down to $10 a day in Ontario by September 2025. He adds that with more affordable child care options, this could in-turn help increase the workforce throughout Ontario.
Parents of children aged five and under in child care will start getting rebates in May as part of the $10.2-billion deal. Additionally, this agreement supports the creation of 86,000 more licensed child care spaces to address increasing demand, including more than 15,000 licensed child care spaces created since 2019.
Locally, YMCA of Central East Ontario CEO David Allen says this is a historic moment for children and families across Ontario, adding the agreement will benefit children and communities for generations to come.
(Written by: Matt Latour)