QUEEN’S PARK– Mike Schreiner made the following statement in response to news that an affordable child-care deal between the Premier’s government and the federal government has finally been signed:
“Today is a victory for the parents and advocates who pushed the Premier’s government to finally sign an affordable child-care deal.
But it begs the question: what took the Premier so long?
Affordability challenges are hitting Ontario families hard. Affordable child care was needed months ago. But instead, the Premier dragged it out and played the blame game, while other provinces and territories leaped ahead and made deals happen.
Ontario parents paid the price for the Premier’s delay. They’ve already missed out on at least three months of fee relief while other provinces reduced fees by at least 25 per cent retroactive to January 1st.
To make this deal work, Ontario must also ensure that childcare workers are paid a fair wage so we have the staff needed to open more affordable spaces for families.
Ontario should be leading, not lagging.”