“By opening more preschool child care spaces and providing high-quality licensed centres for children from the age of two-and-a-half to four year old, makes life easier and affordable and allows parents to get back into the workforce,” said Amrit Mangat, MPP for Mississauga-Brampton South while making an announcement that Ontario is making full-day licensed child care free for preschool children from the age of two and-a-half until they are eligible to start kindergarten, beginning in 2020.
Free preschool child care will save families an estimated $17,000 per child, allow parents to go back to work when they choose and help give children the best start in life. Ontario’s new investment of $2.2 billion over three years will expand access to affordable child care for families in Mississauga-Brampton South and across the province, ease the financial burden families are facing in our changing economy, and deliver free licensed child care for children from the age of two-and-a-half until kindergarten, beginning in 2020. Making full-day child care free for families with preschool-aged children is part of the government’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions and easier access to affordable child care.