Rodrigo Diaz M.
Ontario’s education minister has revealed that the provincial government is open to reaching an agreement on affordable child care with federal liberals.
Stephen Lecce told a conference yesterday that Ontario’s progressive conservatives were discussing a possible childcare plan since the weekend.
Federal Liberals have promised to invest $ 30 trillion over the next five years to reduce the costs of childcare to an average of $ 10 a day nationwide.
Before Parliament was dissolved, they had committed to bilateral agreements on that promise with eight provinces and two territories.
But Ontario, Canada’s largest province, remained one of the most prominent, along with Alberta.
Lecce said he wants the childcare agreement to reflect the specific characteristics of Ontario, including the fact that a large percentage of Canadian children in need of childcare live in the province.
He also wants Ontario’s full-day child care program, which incorporates elements of early learning, to be reflected in any final agreement.
“We are very committed to a good deal for Ontario, but it must respond to the unique advantages of this province,” Lecce stated when. “I can confirm that we are openly and actively interested in a program that achieves the imperative of affordability and accessibility, while ensuring an element of flexibility.”
He added that Ontario would work on creating a more affordable childcare service with whatever federal government is elected in September.
Federal conservatives have said that, if elected, they will scrap agreements signed with the provinces in favor of a refundable tax credit. The party claims that its loan proposal would cover up to 75% of childcare costs for lower-income families.
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