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The Liberals’ plan to create a new 1,000 daycares is a political standoff over whether it should be reversed

The Liberals’ plan to create a new 1,000 daycares is a political standoff over whether it should be reversed

How intense pressure from for-profit daycares has transformed Ontario’s rollout of $10-a-day child care — and sparked a political standoff that’s likely to last a while

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The new daycares have created the biggest new government spending bill ever introduced by the Ontario government, and the Liberal government doesn’t seem to be planning on reversing its decision.

The daycares have come at the expense of daycare centres, and while the Liberals are promising to open a new 1,000 daycare centres with a $10-per-day subsidy, they’re unlikely to ever reopen the daycare centres which were closed before the government’s decision to cut subsidies for for-profit daycares.

The daycares create the biggest new spending bill in the history of the provincial NDP government, while the Liberals are in the middle of a political standoff over whether their plan should be reversed. (Dennis van Tine/Globe and Mail)

While the government’s plan to create a “daycare by day” is aimed at opening 1,000 new daycare centres, the plan is bound to include an expensive new subsidy for daycare centres.

As early as mid-2013, the Liberals said they were cutting subsidies for for-profit daycares, meaning they would have to pay an additional 50 per cent of their costs.

In mid-2016, Premier Kathleen Wynne laid out the details of the plan, which included $120 million in subsidies – roughly a quarter of all Ontario child care subsidies.

In mid-2017 and early 2018, the government announced the results after a year-long trial of the $10-a-day subsidies.

The 1,000 daycares would be run by the government under contract with the sector. The government would decide the number of daycares (there was no cap), and whether the daycares would be run by for-profits or not-for-profits.

The government was determined to open all new daycare centres, and determined it wanted all the available slots from existing daycares, even if they closed.

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