Ontario municipalities will get at least $80 million less from the province in child care funding this year, which advocates say will jeopardize services.
Carolyn Ferns, with the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, said once municipalities calculate additional changes to cost-sharing agreements, that figure could rise dramatically.
Education Minister Lisa Thompson initially said $80 million does not line up with her numbers, but the ministry later confirmed it.
Thompson said municipalities can find some ways to find money.
“We need to be taking a look at realizing efficiencies because municipalities across Ontario have left child care spaces on the table and that’s not acceptable,” said Thompson, suggesting spaces at city-run child cares go unfilled.
“We’re encouraging the administrations at municipalities or within municipalities around the province to take a look at how they’re administering the programs and for goodness sake do not leave any child care space on the table.” -CINEWS