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Ontario's $85.5M cut to municipal budgets risks success of $10-a-day child-care program, association says

Municipal staff say less money will 'result in service delays and additional costs to municipalities'

Published Feb 5, 2024 at 2:21pm

The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
Ontario's $85.5M cut to municipal budgets risks success of $10-a-day child-care program, association says
Ontario municipal staff worry a budget cut could risk the success of the $10-a-day child-care program (Guy Quenneville/CBC)

The municipal staff who administer the child-care system across Ontario are telling Education Minister Stephen Lecce that an $85.5-million cut to their budgets puts the success of the $10-a-day program at risk.

The Ontario Municipal Social Services Association said in a letter to the minister that the national program, which Ontario signed onto in 2022, has meant a significant amount of additional work for municipal child-care administrators and now is not the time to cut their funding.

"Reductions in administrative funding will result in service delays and additional costs to municipalities," president Henry Wall and executive director Doug Ball wrote.

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