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Comparing $10/day flat fees with income tested child care fees

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Varmuza, Petr
Publication Date: 
24 Nov 2013


The purpose of this document is to address and stimulate discussion about key policy and implementation issues surrounding proposals to implement a $10/day child care fee from the perspective of Ontario's child care system and specifically from the point of view that respects the system management role played by Ontario's municipalities. In comparison of the $10/ day fee and the existing income-testing procedure in use for determining subsidy eligibility, it is not advocating for perpetuation of the subsidy system as the best way to fund child care in Ontario. Rather, it suggests that an income test is a fair and equitable way of determining user contributions (parent fees) to the cost of child care under any funding regime, including full base funding.