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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


Online Registry for Licensed Child care

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.

Create a central online registry/waitlist where licensed child care centres/home child care agencies are required to register. Parents could then register and connect with licensed child care near home or work/school.

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Created on October 25, 2017 by sherip2.  1 comment

Ontario Global Childcare

This idea did not move past government review because it is not solely within the jurisdiction of the Government of Ontario.

A Digital Service with Google, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram will play a significant role to expand childcare in Ontario.

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Created on October 18, 2017 by atcy01.

Open all data about child care locations, violations, etc

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.

Child care locations, violations and other information is made available on the web, but the data itself is locked up and can only be accessed through that web interface.

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Created on November 1, 2017 by p.  1 comment

Parental Leave Home Daycare

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

My home childcare idea focusses on creating more jobs and thus more home childcare spaces, promoting the development of entrepreneur/small business skills while also creating an avenue for the province to implement and oversee but not become in de

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Created on November 1, 2017 by JCR.

Parents active role in child care

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

Pls allow child to accompany to our work if we are not working in high risk area for kids so that we don’t have to leave job for taking care of our little ones

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Created on October 23, 2017 by MonaNagpal.

Partner with existing online child care platforms

This idea did not move past government review because it did not meet the guidelines for a Budget Talks submission.

We all know parents in Ontario (and the rest of Canada) have issues with finding child care and are already using whatever available online service or spending a lot of hours and effort to get the job done.

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Updated on October 27, 2017 by regnard.  1 comment

Paying Stay at Home Moms

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

Paying stay at home moms/dads, during preschool age would alleviate child care crisis.
1) many men and women want to stay at home to raise preschool children, but can’t afford to do this

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Created on November 3, 2017 by Jules.

Prenatal Information, Increase Threshold for Assistance, More Family Policies

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

Prenatal information: Provide information about local child care options and things to consideration at midwifery clinics, doctor's offices and anyone else assisting expecting and new moms - INFANT care is hard to find and expensive, it needs

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Created on October 31, 2017 by cld1993.

Provide a daycare webcam monitoring site for free use for all daycares.

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

Have the Ontario government supply (free of charge) webcam monitoring hardware and software to all daycares that apply. Have the Ministry of Education IT department build a website that will capture these feeds and stream them to parents.

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Created on October 30, 2017 by Derrick.  2 comments

Registry

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

The government should consider directly licensing in-home child cares, the same way that they license centres. This is done in every other province in Canada except Ontario.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by 5giraffes.

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