TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 16, 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 (OCBCC) and the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) are calling 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 meeting will address the campaign of the OCBCC and the OFL to sound the alarm that a new financial crisis threatens Ontario's early learning and child care programs.

The Kingston child care meeting 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
WHAT: Kingston Child Care Supervisor's Meeting – Will Child Care Survive
WHERE: Frontenac County Child Care Programs, 1020 Lancaster Drive, Kingston
WHEN: Thursday February 17, 2011, from 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Contact Information: Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
Andrea Calver
416-538-0628 x4 or 416-434-8031 (cell)
Ontario Federation of Labour
Joel Duff
416-443-7665 or 416-707-0349 (cell),