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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


Return on investment

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

Does all day care have to be licensed or can insurance companies be persuaded to offer liability insurance to an unlicensed day care set-up?

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Created on October 24, 2017 by Clarence.

Small grants for stay at home moms to afford child care.

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

Creating the child care grant to benefit not just working parents but families surviving on one income is an idea. Thanks!

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Created on October 31, 2017 by Anya Cybolsky.

Space - you need location first and subsidy second

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

Ontarians need affordable child care. Get rid of subsidy wait lists. Those families have a child care spot but can't afford the care.

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Created on November 1, 2017 by Concerned for parents.

stop immigration

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

Pay Ontario ladies that where born in Canada not from and immigrant family that has come to Canada in the last five years $5,000 to $10,000 every time they have a child on the birth day this will increase population in stead of using immigration

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Created on November 3, 2017 by tar77.

Study the need for access to child care in our communities

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

Please conduct research into how many families struggle to find care for their children. It’s tough. It’s stressful. And it seems to be part of life in Ontario.

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Created on October 20, 2017 by Elgrimsby.

Subsidies based on Georgraphical Area

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

Daycare needs to be subsidized not only for the working poor, but for the middle class. I don't expect the government to pay for all of it-just some would be helpful.

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Created on October 25, 2017 by Robin77.

Subsidized Childcare for ALL

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

Subsidy for ALL families wanting to have their children in a licensed childcare facility.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by BobiBell.

Subsidy for “families with high income”

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

Ontario Child Benefit is only for families with low and middle income. It used to be for all families with kids.

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Created on October 23, 2017 by Sakura.  1 comment

Support

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

Help family financially for getting some help at home with those who has special needs.

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Created on October 23, 2017 by Julez.

There is an app for this

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

Its been done... Daycare IQ.
Follow this model and fund the creation of similar service in Ontario, if it doesn't already exist, then promote it.
Don't reinvent the wheel.. utilize existing, successful technology.

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Created on October 23, 2017 by IdeamanC.

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