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As deadline to opt into $10-a-day child-care program looms, Ontario participation lags

Child-care operators have until the provincial deadline of Sept. 1, to confirm their intentions to participate in the $10-a-day child-care program.Once approved, an operator has 60 days to refund families 25 per cent of fees paid retroactive to April 1 for eligible children.

Toronto parents could see daycare fee reduction in the fall, city says Of the approximately 900 for-profit operators who are members of the Ontario Association of Independent Childcare Centres (OAICC), “not one” has said it has chosen to opt in so far.“Some have opted out already. Most are waiting to see what resolution can be reached with the province,” said Maggie Moser, director of OAICC.Moser said her members would be compromising their businesses if they committed to reducing fees without a contract indicating funding details.“Without a contract, you’re basically being asked to sign a blank cheque … We have been told that nothing will be available for 2023,” she said.Moser called the rollout of the program “a mess.”“It’s chaos.

It’s disorganized. There’s information from all over the province that varies … Right now we cannot opt in with the information we have.

It would basically force us into bankruptcy so we aren’t able to do that,” she said. Toronto launches opt-in application for licensed operators to get $10-a-day child care More than 200 child-care centres have submitted applications to the City of Toronto to participate in the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) system, while nine centres have confirmed their intention to opt-out for 2022.Shanlee McNamee, general manager of City of Toronto Children’s Services told Global News, “the City is happy with the current pace of applications.”Aurelia Engstrom of East York is a

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