LINDSAY - Ontario's Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, has provided the Durham District School Board with approval for a child care retrofit at McCaskill's Mills Public School.
The retrofit will include an infant room with 10 new, modern child care spaces. Cannington-area families with children younger than 12 years will benefit from these modern learning spaces.
Minister Lecce was joined by Ontario's Minister of Infrastructure, Laurie Scott, at the Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes in Lindsay to announce details of the new project.
"Laurie Scott has been a strong advocate for families in this region and for this child care initiative," said Minister Lecce. "Our government approved the new retrofit at McCaskill's Mills Public School so parents can access high-quality child care."
"Today's announcement is excellent news for parents, children and caregivers in our community," said Minister Scott. "I'm proud to belong to a government that is making the kinds of investments that will continue to make life easier for families."
In 2019-20, Ontario is investing more than $2 billion and is committed to creating up to 30,000 new child care spaces in schools to build a stronger child care and early years system. In fact, a new report from the Ministry of Education shows that the province's public and private sectors have already created over 19,000 licensed child care spaces in 2018-19. During that period, 268 child care spaces were created in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.
- Ontario is providing the Durham District School Board with approval to proceed to tender the project in the amount of more than $500,000.
- Ontario is investing up to $13 billion over the next ten years in capital grants to support new schools in high-growth areas, improve the condition of existing schools and implement a new plan for child care in schools across the province.
- For the 2019-20 school year, the Ministry of Education will continue to invest $1.4 billion in funding to support the repair and renewal of school facilities.
- In addition to the Ontario Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit, the Child Care Expense Deduction provides added tax relief for eligible child care expenses.