City says Hamilton parents will save $9,100 per child under new plan
Published February 21, 2023 at 10:51 am
With Ontario opting in to the Canada-wide early learning child-care plan in December, the City of Hamilton estimates residents will save $9,100 per child in 2023.
The City confirmed that families saved approximately $3,600 per child in 2022. This year, the government will kick an additional 37 per cent into the program.
“These savings are game-changing for Hamilton families, particularly for women,” said Mayor Andrea Horwath. “Child care is a critical component to Hamilton’s economic recovery and directly impacts participation in the labour market. This is a significant step forward in helping Hamilton families with the growing cost of living while savings are ultimately reinvested back into our economy.”
“It is a big win.”
The Canada-Ontario early learning and child care agreement is a five-year deal to reduce child care fees in the short term, deliver $10-a-day child care by 2026, and create 86,000 new licensed early learning and child care spaces in the province. Early childhood educators will also see their pay increased — up to $25 an hour.
According to the City, 96 per cent of licensed child-care operators in Hamilton signed up to participate in the program. Last November, the City announced that only eight of Hamilton’s 223 early child-care operators had not opted in.
Horwath says City Council is “committed to further growing this program so that even more families may benefit.”
Operators choosing not to participate in the program were required to notify families and staff in writing.
The federal government has committed $30 billion over five years to improve child-care affordability and accessibility in participating provinces.
Hamilton has highlighted four communities requiring a “deeper review” of its child-care offerings. They include the East End, East Mountain, Central Mountain, and Downtown Centre. The City says it will focus on expansion in these areas over the next few years.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising