Toronto, Ont., July 15, 2004 - With the details of the release of the $58.2 million federal child care transfer funds, the Minister of Children and Youth Services, Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, announced today
that “Ontario is back in the business of helping its working families by providing access to quality, affordable child care”.

“We are pleased with the full flow through of federal dollars”, said Ann Mulvale, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. “The flexibility that the Minister is providing for in the use of this investment is a bonus. The flexibility will help meet local needs and circumstances that municipal governments are experiencing across the province.”

Details of the release of the $58.2 million sent to Ontario under the intergovernmental Multilateral Framework Agreement on Early Learning and Child Care include providing support to existing child care spaces and creating 4,000 additional subsidized child care spaces. A portion of the funding will be specifically targeted for children up to the age of five in child care centres in and around schools. 
“We are moving forward, tackling the waiting lists,” said Mulvale.  “This is good news for families and we are pleased with the commitment that every dollar of the federal funds will go to early learning and child care.”

Funding under the Multilateral Agreement will grow to $137 million by 2007-2008. AMO will continue to work with the government on this issue. Child care is a provincial program that is delivered by municipalities. Municipalities contribute 20% to the cost of each child care space. 

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is a non-profit organization with member municipalities representing 95 per cent of Ontario’s population.  AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.

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