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Finding child care information

View the 78 ideas submitted to Childcare. Five ideas were reviewed at the Public Workshops but did not move forward to voting.

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The problem

Finding reliable information about available child care is a challenge for Ontario families. We recognize that:

  • demand for child care, particularly for children under four years of age, is higher than the number of licensed child care spots available
  • parents in Ontario struggle to access affordable child care
  • some families may not know about the financial supports available to help them pay for licensed child care

We believe that Ontarians should be able to choose from a range of high-quality child care programs that work best for their family at a reasonable cost.


We want to give Ontario’s children the best possible start in life. Although we’ve removed wait list fees, expanded before and after school programming for 6-12 year olds, and committed to helping 100,000 more children, aged 0-4, access affordable, quality licensed child care over the next five years, what new solutions or tools could we put in place to help parents find child care information more easily?

Who we're trying to help

We want to help parents and families:

  • understand the benefits of child care programs
  • find information about child care services, including:
    • how they can apply for fee subsidies
    • what is available in their local communities so they can make informed decisions that meet their child/children’s needs
    • inspection and violation information on child care providers

What we’re doing/have done

More money in the child care system

Over the next five years, we’ve committed:

  • to help 100,000 more children, aged 0-4, access licensed child care
  • to spending $1.6 billion dollars to support the creation of 45,000 new spaces in schools, and communities

Telephone help desk

We have two help desks that parents and child care operators can call if they have questions about licensed or unlicensed child (opens in a new window) care in Ontario. You can, for example:

  • find a list of child care locations and operators near you
  • learn how to become a licensed child care provider
  • report a complaint about a child care provider
  • ask any other questions you might have

Online resources

We have a number of online tools, including a:

We have also information online about:

Talking to families

In Fall 2016 and Winter 2017, we went out across Ontario to get feedback on the child care and early years system (opens in a new window). We spoke to families, child care providers and other key partners to learn more about the challenges of finding child care and ways to transform the child care system.

This feedback was used to create our 7 point plan to modernize the child care system (opens in a new window).

We’ve updated legislation

On August 31, 2015, the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (opens in a new window), came into force.

This legislation supports the health, safety and well-being of the province’s children and sets the rules child care operates must follow, such as:

  • staffing and group sizes
  • nutrition
  • any health and medical issues (for example, allergies)

Learn more

Visit the Ministry of Education website (opens in a new window) to learn more about child care in Ontario.


78 ideas submitted to Childcare


Grandparent Funded Care

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

Many parents and grandparents would like to be the primary caregiver of their children until they are school age. With the rising cost of living many grandparents are having to find employment even after retirement.

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Created on October 23, 2017 by Brock Anna Jamieson.  1 comment

Grants for Licensed Home Care

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

There should be a grant for licensed home care providers, who have the required ECE diploma or related experience/education, to allow them to provide quality affordable child care to families.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by melissag.

Helping families

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

We need to have better subsidized childcare. A system where everyone pays a certain amount per day per child and the rest is subsidized. The system now is not helping everyone who needs it.

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Created on October 23, 2017 by Jenn McDonald.

Helping working families & energize the economy

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

I think there is some savings that could be had with publicly run, non-for-profit childcare/daycare for working families in the lower to mid income bracket, paid through a few possible devices or a combination of: raising taxes on large corporatio

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Created on October 31, 2017 by hatorihanzoe.

Home based agencys

This idea did not move past government review because it would duplicate a service that is already available, work that has been completed or work underway.

To promote home based child care though agencies.

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Created on October 27, 2017 by Afshan.

Leave child care private

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

As a high school student working part time, there are many reasons as to why I believe child care should stay public. The very obvious one of them being, I do not have kids.

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Created on October 22, 2017 by alexandrandrade.  3 comments

Make a public list of UNLICENSED daycares if you honestly want to help families find childcare

This idea did not move past government review because it does not align to the Government of Ontario policies and/or priorities.

Make all childcare options accessible to parents. There is no benefit of only pushing licensed daycare if those daycares sre completely full. Allow a list of ALL opportunities.

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Created on October 26, 2017 by NicoleNicole.  2 comments

more space and cheaper cost needed for Day Care in Ontario

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

Right now the average day care rate is 2100 per month, equal or more than most mortgage payments.

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Created on October 22, 2017 by Julie Fraser.

no to licensed agencies

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

As an Rece and a mother, I think government should licensed home daycare directly without charging fee or minimal fee. Licensed agencies take a huge amount of share from the provider.

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Created on October 26, 2017 by Nidahmak.  1 comment

Online Childcare Hub

This idea did not move past government review because it would duplicate a service that is already available, work that has been completed or work underway.

I propose a web-based hub where parents can go to access a clickable map-based search to locate ALL childcare locations (licensed and unlicensed) that would provide additional information .

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Created on October 20, 2017 by lbmarieh.  2 comments

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