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  • December 21, 2016

Ontario Increasing Access to Child Care in Ottawa

Province Creating 81 New Licensed Child Care Spaces for Families

Ontario is creating 81 new licensed child care spaces in Ottawa, increasing the availability of safe and high-quality child care for local families, and promoting early learning and development.


The new spaces will be located in the following schools:


  • École Ste-Anne, in Ottawa, which will receive 2 licensed child care rooms and 18 spaces, an investment of $1,038,590.
  • St-Luke in Nepean, which will receive 2 licensed child care rooms and 39 spaces, for $519,295.
  • Prince of Peace, in Ottawa, which will receive 1 licensed child care room and 24 spaces, a contribution of $259,648.

Overall, Ontario is investing in approximately 3,400 new licensed child care spaces across the province this year as a first step towards creating 100,000 more spaces within the next five years. This commitment will double the current capacity for 0-4 year olds in licensed child care.


Ontario is also seeking public input across the province on its early years and child care system. Feedback received from parents, families, experts and the public will help shape the government’s renewed vision and framework for early years programs and services, including the commitment to create 100,000 new licensed child care spaces within the next five years. To participate in the in-person or online consultations, please visit:


Investing in the early years and child care system is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.




“Over the next five years, we are going to create an additional 100,000 licensed child care spaces. We are working hard to build a child care and early years system that gives our children the best start in life — and Ontario families the support and peace of mind they need."

— Indira Naidoo-Harris, Associate Minister of Education


“Our government is taking great strides to improve access to safe and high-quality licensed child care in Ontario. This investment is wonderful news for Ottawa families.”

— Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP for Ottawa-Vanier

“The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est is grateful for the funding granted to École Sainte-Anne for the addition of child care spaces. There was an urgent need to increase the number of spaces in francophone child care spaces in Lower Town, particularly for infants. The CECCE is delighted to continue to respond to family needs in partnership with Aladin’s Children Services” — Johanne Lacombe, President of the CECCE


“On behalf of the Ottawa Catholic School Board, I wish to thank the Ministry of Education and their Early Years and Childcare Office for the funds to retrofit space in two of our schools to accommodate preschoolers. These types of supports from our provincial government continue to make schools vital community hubs where families know they can rely on safe and caring environments.” – Elaine McMahon, Chairperson, Ottawa Catholic School Board.




  • Ontario is allocating an additional $65.5 million this year to help create 3,400 new child care spaces in schools across the province.
  • Since 2003–2004, the government has doubled child care funding to more than $1 billion annually, and the number of licensed child care spaces in Ontario has grown to nearly 390,000 — an increase of more than 108 per cent.
  • Ontario has banned child care providers from charging a fee to be placed on a waiting list. This change took effect September 1, 2016.


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