01/07/2004

Toronto, Ont., January 7, 2004 – The Province’s announcement to expedite the use of federal funds ($9.7 million) will help Ontario’s municipalities make needed improvements to facilities and equipment in regulated child care centres.
“This immediate infusion of 100% funding comes at an important time as municipalities deal with their budgets,” said AMO President Ann Mulvale.  “We are pleased Minister Bountrogianni listened to the advice of AMO and its members on how we can expedite the initial year’s funding.”

Under the Multilateral Framework Agreement on Early Learning and Child Care, Ontario will see $29 million in 2004-05, grow to $137 million by the last year of the 5-year agreement.  “AMO will continue to work with Minister Bountrogianni to maintain the momentum so that we can grow more spaces and make improvements that support early childhood learning,” said Mulvale. “By working together, we can make a difference for children.”

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.