Ontario Creating More Francophone Child Care Spaces in St. Catharines

Ministry of Education Ontario

As part of Ontario's commitment to increasing access to child care and giving parents more choice, the government is investing in new child care spaces to make life easier for francophone parents and families in St. Catharines.

The province is providing $1.5 million to Conseil scolaire Viamonde to create three new child care rooms, with 49 new child care spaces, at École élémentaire l'Héritage.

The province is also providing up to $1 billion over the next five years to create up to 30,000 child care spaces in schools across Ontario - including up to 10,000 spaces in new schools.

As part of the 2019 Budget, the province also introduced the new Ontario Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit which will provide about 300,000 families with up to 75 per cent of their eligible child care expenses.