Regional Council passed a motion requesting that
Federal funding for Best Start be continued.
Best Start provides Peel with much needed funds
to maintain current child care spaces for children
from birth to age six, to improve wages of early
childhood educators, to support children with
special needs and to create 2,085 new child care
spaces by 2008.
The newly elected Federal government has announced
its intent to phase out the Federal-Provincial
child care agreements after 2006/2007 and provide
an annual taxable allowance of $1,200 for each
child under six. This would terminate the Canada-Ontario
agreement on Child Care and effectively end Best
Start, as of April 1, 2007.
Should the Federal government terminate its funding
agreement with the Province of Ontario, families
in Peel stand to lose a sustainable early learning
and child care system built on coordinated community-based
planning. This would result in inadequate subsidized
child care spaces to meet community demand in
Peel, waitlists for fee subsidy and special need
services and increased pressure on wage subsidy