SUNDERLAND—The Ontario government is investing $1.6 million to create 49 new child care spaces at Sunderland Public School to help working families in Brock Township. This investment is part our government’s commitment to supporting affordable and accessible child care in communities across the province.
Once complete, the project will provide 1 infant room, 1 toddler room and 1 preschool room through the province’s Early Years Capital Program.
“Our government is investing in the next generation of Brock Township and delivering real support to hard-working families with a $1.6 million investment that will create 49 new child care spaces,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “We know the pandemic has left families in need of additional supports and that’s why our government introduced the Ontario Child Care Tax Credit and provided over $1.7 billion in direct support to families during the pandemic.”
The expansion at Sunderland Public School in Durham District School Board is part of a provincewide investment of more than $600 million to support school and child care spaces. The overall investment will support 78 school and child care related projects. As part of this investment, the province dedicated more than $95 million to create more than 3,000 new child care spaces through renovations and additions at 55 child care centres across Ontario.
“Access to childcare is vital to support our students and their families. I want to thank the Province of Ontario and welcome this timely investment to increase childcare capacity at Sunderland Public School. We look forward to starting construction on this project.” – Chair Carolyn Morton, Trustee for the Townships of Brock, Scugog, Uxbridge.
Across Ontario, the province is supporting the creation of 40 infant rooms (400 new spaces), 59 toddler rooms (885 new spaces), 71 preschool rooms (1,704 new spaces), and seven family age group rooms (105 new spaces).
The announcement supports Ontario’s child care plan which focuses on making child care more affordable, providing more choice and availability for families, reducing red tape and administrative burden, improving quality, and effectively delivering high standards of care.
“After years of neglect under the previous government, we are stepping up to support families by investing in affordable and accessible child care that meets their needs,” said Minister Lecce. “These investments are key to our economic recovery and further evidence of how our government continues to lead the way when it comes to investing in child care.”
As part of this plan to make child care affordable, safe and accessible, Ontario has committed up to $1 billion to create up to 30,000 new child care spaces over five years. To date, over 23,000 new spaces have been approved and builds upon Ontario’s existing and well-established child care infrastructure giving families more choices and flexibility.
The Ontario government has allocated more than $600 million to support ventilation improvements in schools across Ontario as part of its plans for a safer return to school. The Durham District School Board has benefited from an investment of $9.4 million for ventilation improvements and has over 660 HEPA filter units in place.
- On November 4, the province released the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario. The plan lays out how the government will build the foundation for Ontario’s recovery and prosperity by getting shovels in the ground on projects like new schools and child care.
- Since 2018, the Ontario government has invested over $1.5 billion in capital projects in education, including 76 new schools, 75 additions and renovations to existing facilities and 4,908 new licensed child care places.
- For 2021-22, the province is also providing school boards with $1.4 billion in funding to renew and maintain existing schools.
- The governments of Canada and Ontario are providing $656.5 million in funding for critical infrastructure projects to protect students and staff from COVID-19 in the province's schools through the COVID-19 Resilience stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
- The federal government provides 2.5 per cent of the total cost support for early learning and child care operating expenses in Ontario, with Ontario families, the provincial and municipal governments providing the remainder.
- Ontario has provided emergency child care for the school-aged children of frontline workers, including public safety and health care workers, as well as those working with vulnerable populations, at no out-of-pocket cost. In 2021, at its peak, this program provided over 12,000 children with high-quality child care each day across 717 sites province-wide.
- Ontario is providing a 20 per cent enhancement of the Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit for 2021. This will increase support from $1,250 to $1,500 per family, on average, providing about $75 million in additional support for the 2021 child care expenses of over 300,000 families.