TORONTO – Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford says he wants to make a child care deal with the federal government.
The province has acknowledged that it was in talks with Ottawa about a possible deal in the last hours before federal elections are called in August.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce has said that any deal with federal liberals should be flexible and incorporate Ontario’s full-time kindergarten program.
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Ford did not say when asked today why Ontario was unable to reach an agreement before the election, but stressed that he wants to make sure it is the right agreement for the province.
Federal Liberals promised to spend $ 30 billion over the next five years to reduce child care costs to an average of $ 10 a day nationwide.
Ford’s progressive conservative government introduced a refundable child care tax credit in 2019, similar to what the federal conservatives proposed during the election.
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