Ontario Premier Doug Ford wants to pursue child-care deal with re-elected Liberal government
Animal puppets are seen at a CEFA (Core Education and Fine Arts) Early Learning daycare franchise, in Langley, B.C., on May 29, 2018. Toronto-based retail distributor Sarah Pretty has had to confront myriad supply chain issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, but she calls the current school and home life situation of Canadian families an “operational nightmare.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
TORONTO -- Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he wants to make a child-care deal with the federal government.
The province has acknowledged it was in discussions with Ottawa about a potential agreement into the last hours before the federal election was called in August.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce has said any deal with the federal Liberals would have to be flexible and incorporate Ontario's full-day kindergarten program.
Ford would not say when asked today why Ontario was unable to reach a deal before the election, but stressed he wants to make sure it is the right deal for the province.
The federal Liberals promised to spend $30 billion over the next five years to cut child-care costs to an average of $10 a day across the country.
Ford's Progressive Conservative government in 2019 introduced a refundable child-care tax credit, similar to what the federal Conservatives proposed during the election.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2021.