Ontario Liberals Are Offering Free Childcare And Here's What You Need To Know

If you, or if someone you know has kids, you know that finding an affordable service to look after young ones while the adults are away at work is EXPENSIVE.  

Daycare centres can charge outrageous amounts of money because what other option do parents have? Leaving small children alone at home is not a option both legally and on a common sense level. 

The Ontario Liberal party is seeking to change that with their newest election promise.   

Every parent wants the best for their child. And for many children, that means some extra support at school — about 1 in 6 kids in Ontario has special needs. We’re investing $300 million in permanent funding so that kids have everything they need to thrive.

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Earlier today premier Kathleen Wynne, finance minister Charles Sousa and education minister Indira Naidoo-Harris announced a $2.2-billion dollar plan that would give all children in the province aged 2-and-a-half free childcare until they are old enough to start kindergarten.    

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The plan would come into effect by the year 2020.

Some people in the province were understandably very happy with the idea. 

Free #childcare! Can't come soon enough. If she's re-elected can you fast track this to priority? #onpoli https://t.co/hHfXkwHzsC

March 27, 2018

While others seem to see this as a desperate move by the premier in the run up to the election later this year.  

Promises promises. Sounds like another “Stretch goal” to me #noliewinsvotes #childcare

March 27, 2018

Wynne said that the plan would save the average family $17,000 a year.  

Is the promise enough to tip the balance in favour of the liberals at the polls? We'll have to wait until election day on June 7 to find out.  

Sources: CBC, CP24