Ontario has ended a $50 million fund that helped child care centres cover increasing labour costs without passing them on to parents.
The move has already led to at least one child care centre in Peel Region, west of Toronto, telling parents that their fees will increase — up to an extra $72 a month for full-time infant care.
More will likely follow, said Carolyn Ferns of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care.
“It’s supposed to help control child-care fees for Ontario families, so if it’s being cut by $50 million, that’s going to have a direct impact on costs for families,” she said. “The impact is going to be that parent fees are going to go up and Ontario families already pay the highest child care fees in the country.”