Council Approves Measures to Increase Child-Care Affordability and Access


This week, City Council received an update on child care, EarlyON Child and Family Centres, and provincial funding for Indigenous-led services.


The City has provided nearly 950 additional children with a fee subsidy and found them a child-care space since September 2017. All children who are currently eligible for a subsidy have been approved and added to their preferred provider’s placement list.


Council approved a funding framework for the new system of EarlyON Centres, which will expand access to child and family services across Ottawa. The funding framework will align services with the needs of families and allocate funding proportionally across the city, with a focus on vulnerable families and Francophone and Indigenous services. The City expects to have service providers selected for the new system by the end of 2018.


The Province also committed $9.6 million over the next two years to better serve Indigenous families in Ottawa. This funding will create 49 child-care spaces and four child and family programs that are culturally relevant, serving 2,270 additional people.