For Immediate Release: November 27, 2017
Queen’s Park – Opposition Leader Patrick Brown and his colleagues understand childcare across Ontario is tough to find, and once found, it’s hard finding a way to pay for it.
At his first campaign stop, Patrick Brown announced that an Ontario PC government will introduce a new Ontario Child Care Refund for up to 75 per cent of child care expenses. Brown made the announcement at Mississauga’s Little Angels Christian Child Care Centre.
“When I meet families at the door, they tell me it’s tough to get reliable and affordable childcare,” Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett said. “Some people even tell me that because of this problem, one of the parents ends up quitting their job and staying home. That’s a tough decision but sadly in some cases it’s more cost-effective.”
Ontario has the highest child care costs in the country. The Ontario Child Care Refund will supplement the current federal Child Care Expense Deduction, which fails to provide substantial relief to lower-income families.
Aside from helping families cover the cost of childcare, the PC plan also includes the building of 100,000 new childcare spaces in Ontario.
“This is real and practical change Ontario families need and deserve,” Barrett affirmed.
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For more information please contact the Office of MPP Toby Barrett at 519-428-0446, 905-765-8413 or 1-800-903-8629