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Child Care

Ontario Bringing More Child Care to Waterloo Region Families

Community to Benefit from 88 New Licensed Child Care Spaces

Queen's Park - Ontario is creating 88 new licensed child care spaces in the Waterloo Region, increasing the availability of safe, high-quality, child care for local families.

The five new child care rooms for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers will be located in the new St. Boniface Catholic School, which is scheduled to open in 2019. The spaces will give more families the opportunity to transition from child care into full-day kindergarten at the same location.

Today's announcement builds on the commitment the government made in the recent Speech from the Throne. Starting in 2017, Ontario will help to create another 100,000 new, licensed child care spaces for infants, toddlers and preschoolers within the next five years.

Approximately 20 per cent of 0-4-year-olds in Ontario are currently in licensed child care. Research indicates that demand is much higher. Creating 100,000 new spaces will double capacity, creating spaces for about 40 per cent of children 0-4 years old. This investment will help people in their everyday lives by promoting early learning and development, and helping more parents find quality, affordable care.

Investing in new child care spaces is part of the government's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

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