The Federation works closely with the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) to promote accessible, high quality public child care in the province. The lack of affordable child care affects all Ontarians who are parents and have difficulty accessing care for their children. Ontario students with children struggle to not only pay the highest tuition fees but also the highest child care costs in the country. Despite some investment in early learning and child care by the provincial government, child care centres on college and university campuses have continued to face cutbacks in funding and the threat of closures.
Additionally, the provincial child care subsidy program currently in place is denied to students who study part-time or who are part-time workers. This disqualifies students who may not be able to afford to study full-time from accessing subsidies that may be vital to their ability to afford child care. Many of the students who are most in need of the subsidy are not eligible to receive it.
The OCBCC has recently launched a major campaign for $10/day childcare across the province. The campaign will include a policy document outlining a multi-year plan for investment and service delivery across all jurisdictions.
To further the work of the OCBCC and to effectively lobby decision-makers in the province and at municipal levels, a survey was created to gather information and feedback from student parents.
Please take a moment to take the survey here.