A New Democrat government would inject a one-time $100 million into licensed child care in Ontario if elected, party leader Andrea Horwath said Sunday.
The money, to be spent next year, would go toward "stabilizing" a system destabilized by the Liberal government, Horwath said.
"We see over a dozen child-care centres minimum across the province that are poised to close," Horwath said.
"That is not good enough. We can't have families in those communities having their child-care centres close and not having options for their children."
The Mother's Day announcement came at a water-front park, where the NDP leader chatted briefly with parents and kids enjoyed the sunshine.
"We're not going to totally revamp the entire system and do direct funding -- that doesn't make any sense," she said.
Currently, the province gives local governments about $970 million a year to spend on day care.
Horwath said the overall provincial spending would be indexed to inflation.
The measures amount to a "simple step" to ensure more affordable day-care spaces are retained, she said.
"We don't believe that child-care centres should be at risk of closing," Horwath said.
Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne said if Horwath really cared about child care, she would have voted for the proposed budget rather than pull the plug on the minority government and spark the election campaign.
"We had proposed that we would actually increase the wages of child-care workers," Wynne said.
"It would have been a very good idea for them to have supported the budget because there was support in that budget for child care."
Horwath did say her party would push for higher wages for child-care workers.
- reprinted from CBC News