TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2011) - Without a new public investment in the 2011 Provincial budget, Ontarians can expect to see child care fees increase from 15 to 30 per cent or cause some programs to close. The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care and the Ontario Federation of Labour are launching a provincial tour to call on the Ontario Government to make affordable child care a public priority. 

In Ontario, only 20 per cent of children have access to a licensed child care space. Without subsidies that reduce fees to affordable levels, like those in Manitoba and Québec, many Ontario parents are paying between $40 and $60 a day for each child. At this rate, child care fees can run between $10,000 and $15,000 a year and are often the second highest expense for young families.

The provincial tour has already visited Belleville and Peterborough and will be in Orillia on Wednesday, February 16 to sound the alarm that a new financial crisis threatens Ontario's early learning and child care programs. The tour will visit Hamilton, Windsor, Kitchener, Sudbury and Ottawa over the coming month.

The Orillia community forum will highlight the local importance of child care and the specific challenges facing parents in region.

WHO: Andrea Calver, Coordinator, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
  Terry Downey, Executive Vice-President, Ontario Federation of Labour
  Lucille Desjardin, West Ridge Early Education Centre
WHAT: Community Forum – Will Child Care Survive
WHERE: West Ridge Early Education Centre, 735 University Ave, Orillia
WHEN: Wednesday February 16, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Contact Information: OCBCC
Andrea Calver
416-538-0628 x4 or 416-434-8031 (cell)
Terry Downey
Executive Vice-President
416-578-3230 (cell)
Joel Duff
416-443-7665 - 1-800-668-9138 or 416-707-0349 (cell)